Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Awards Luncheon

Honoring many many heroes, including the Police Medal:
  • Whenever Chicago police Officer Javier Alonso sees the bullet hole in his right leg, he thinks about the night of June 6, 2014.

    That was when he and fellow Officer Michael M. Wrobel were shot during an exchange of gunfire with a man police had just pulled over on the Far South Side, on suspicion that he was armed with a gun.

    Wrobel was shot in the chest but was saved by his bulletproof vest. Despite his injury, Wrobel got into his car, drove through the line of fire and helped the wounded Alonso into the vehicle before driving him to a hospital.
  • In 2010, Officer Thomas Wortham IV was killed during a gun battle outside his family's home. His father, retired police Sgt. Thomas Wortham III, ran outside and tried to save his son.

    Sgt. Wortham received a standing ovation when he was honored with the superintendent's Award of Valor.

    "I accepted this reward, award, for all the parents who have lost someone," Sgt. Wortham said.

    In 2010 thieves attempted to steal Wortham's son's brand new motorcycle while it was parked outside the family's Chatham home.

    Wortham's police officer son was shot and killed in the ensuing gun battle. Wortham shot two of the robbers, killing one of them and identified the suspects in the getaway car.

    "I did nothing no other parent would have done in the same situation," he said.
We would respectfully say that you did far more than another parent would even be capable of in that situation, sir. Once again, our sympathies on your loss.

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42 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

6 years ago today, P.O.Densey Cole's (022 District) life was altered forever while responding to a burglary in progress call. Say a silent prayer for him & all of us who are on the job.

5/27/2015 12:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't/didn't know either Wortham, but it sounds like the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Both were/are honorable men and a credit to our society. A sad story.

5/27/2015 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those boys are some bad ass mfr's. kudos to Mike and Javier.

5/27/2015 01:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brave Officers We salute you.

5/27/2015 02:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said brother SCC. I was at a table next to the mayor' and seen this great father of fallen. He is truly CPD, may God bless him and his son. Father Brant announced our great Rabbi, Moshe is a grandfather. Men of men in the Chaplian s units.
I have to say the Mayor was a gem at the cermony, he does love all of CPD and you never hear him diss the police like the asshole mayors of NYC and Baltimore. His true heart was evident there. Daley just used to go through the motions, this mayor spoke from the heart. He got a load of shit from Daley and is doing his best too keep the city above water.
There was a good crowd present and the CPD is as great as it was 100 years ago. Really miss the people and the faces are changing fast. Enjoy the ride and laugh when you can and stay alert. The good people of this Great city has always loved us copper' of the CPD. Think positive. CPD rocks !
Did not see any union people from the CPS there !!

5/27/2015 04:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw Leo there, he looked good in his new State Police uniform.

5/27/2015 06:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my GOD the desperation!!!

Where ever will they find new revenues to pay for what they've owed for decades??!!!

Oh, that's right. The fuckers already skim 600 million off the top of all tax revenues for the personal piggy bank of free money/zero to low interest loans for their fucking buddies to suck up in the corporate welfare world.

No worries folks..... the banksters who get your free cash giveaways every year to pad their bottom line are secure. None of "their" money will be touched to pay for what's owed. No, it's the little folk who see their wages dropping or stagnating because of these very banksters themselves will be footing the bill so the rich can get richer.... off your backs.

Enjoy the austerity foist upon you by the rich..... the same folks who get richer by the day by taking YOUR wealth from you. And remember to take part in their game of pitting one set of employees against the other to help them drop wages in this country down to slave labor rates found elsewhere.

THEN you'll be happy!

5/27/2015 06:56:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

Real heroes. Too few and far between.

5/27/2015 07:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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BALTIMORE OFFICER: VIOLENCE ‘GOING TO GET WORSE,’ COP SLOWDOWN ‘DIRECT RESULT’ OF GRAY INDICTMENTS

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5/27/2015 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Fine example of The CPD Family and a fine product from The Irish Christian Brothers from Br. Rice HS.

5/27/2015 10:16:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

Outstanding, Officers.
You're all a credit to the uniform ---> and to society!

(screw all the malcontents who find it easier to Protest, Riot, Loot, and Rob, than get a job)

5/27/2015 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice ceremony. Congrats to all. But was it my imagination or were there a lot of these incidents that occurred YEARS ago? Was it because dept reviewed these and determined they shouldn't be overlooked or they were real scarce on recent nominees they had to go back and fill up the ceremony?

5/27/2015 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd trust a used car salesman in a leisure suit more than I'd trust Rahm.
Fuck Rahm and his bald faced lies. The $550 million payment was passed into law in 2010 and both Shortshanks and now Rahm have done NOTHING to prepare to pay it. That's because neither of them planned on paying it.
Pay what the law requires Rahm then we can listen about future negotiations.

5/27/2015 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Well said brother SCC. I was at a table next to the mayor' and seen this great father of fallen. He is truly CPD, may God bless him and his son. Father Brant announced our great Rabbi, Moshe is a grandfather. Men of men in the Chaplian s units.
I have to say the Mayor was a gem at the cermony, he does love all of CPD and you never hear him diss the police like the asshole mayors of NYC and Baltimore. His true heart was evident there. Daley just used to go through the motions, this mayor spoke from the heart. He got a load of shit from Daley and is doing his best too keep the city above water.
There was a good crowd present and the CPD is as great as it was 100 years ago. Really miss the people and the faces are changing fast. Enjoy the ride and laugh when you can and stay alert. The good people of this Great city has always loved us copper' of the CPD. Think positive. CPD rocks !
Did not see any union people from the CPS there !!

5/27/2015 04:18:00 AM

Why would union people from CPS be at a CPD award ceremony?

Rahm might be a well-rehearsed actor, but he doesn't genuinely 'anything', much less genuinely love the police. You are delusional.

You desperately need to learn how to spell.

5/27/2015 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Wortham is a brave, caring and yet humble individual.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Our mutual family, the Chicago Police Department, will forever keep your son in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.
God Bless you, one and all.

5/27/2015 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Bobby G. from 002. A hard working and long time tact guy.

5/27/2015 01:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An honor nobody would want. They are both heros a father that raised his son to be an honorable military and cpd man that watched his son die because some pieces of crap were playing a stick up game daring each other to rob someone. I was on scene that night and will never forget the heart break. Godspeed to the whole family.

5/27/2015 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally some great news God bless these great heroes!

5/27/2015 02:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say the Mayor was a gem at the cermony, he does love all of CPD and you never hear him diss the police like the asshole mayors of NYC and Baltimore. His true heart was evident there......................

5/27/2015 04:18:00 AM


Are you kidding? Your words say that you're ball busting, but you didn't put ha-ha at the end.

The Mayor hates us and treats us likes unwashed peasants in his presence. Like the Clinton's, when the Mayor is on the scene police are told to get out of the picture. Not too far though, in case we are needed, but they don't want to see us.

Really, again, are you kidding?

5/27/2015 03:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meanwhile suntimes has a picture of two knuckleheads disgracing themselves. Others will use that image to smear all coppers. I'd rather talk about the two heroes you wrote about.

5/27/2015 03:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well honored men who deserve praise. On a side note Anyone see the draft for the new uniform changes? Any idea when it starts?

5/27/2015 05:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For once in a long time, the Supt. did the right thing by honoring Sgt. Tom Wortham (Ret).

5/27/2015 06:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Blue

5/27/2015 07:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chatham is a real tragedy.
A formerly stable, almost entirely black, safe working class neighborhood that was destroyed by taking down the high rises and using the Section 8 vouchers to dump the vermin into their area.

You want to hear some of the most venomous (and valid) vitriol against the Section 8 nightmare? Go talk to a long-time black resident in Chatham who has seen what that shit program does first hand.

A lot of black POs used to live there when it was much better, which I imagine Mr Wortham is among the holdouts. I am very sorry he had to endure this but I would bet the farm that the shitheads who did that to his son were somehow involved with Section 8. Unfortunate he was only able to kill one and not all.

5/27/2015 08:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Years ago the old Provident Hospital was having a ceremony to commemorate an addition to the E.R. Gov. Walker was to officiate. A few minutes before he was to arrive his advance man approached the CPD Sgt. in charge of the detail and told him to remove all uniformed officers, as Walker did not want to be seen with them after having authored the 'Walker Report' about police actions at the '68 Democrat Convention. Nothing seems to have changed.

5/27/2015 11:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPD rocks !
Did not see any union people from the CPS there !!
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The fact you think the mayor is genuine is a joke. You end a semi sentimental piece with "CPD rocks" what are you 10 years old? The last thing I would want an adult to say about me when I'm gone is that I "rock". As for CPS union members, please leave your political issues out of it. I get that the union has backed causes that are unfavorable to police, but at the end of the day, they are gaining community support for their part in minority neighborhoods because the mayor doesn't care about those communities. What has our union done for us to help our image in the community, which in turn would help us gain neighborhood support. The CPD brass just tell and forces is to be "nice" to everyone, instead of building relationships with the good people in these neighborhoods and helping us gain their support. We are running ragged responding to calls with no time to interact positively with the people we police. We could catch more flys with sugar if we had more sugar. Then, we could crack skulls of the assholes that terrorize these communities with their blessing.
I know wishful thinking, but...

Ok, let me have it, but what I say is true. You have all had positive interactions with people at some point. Otherwise you wouldn't stay sane. There is still some moral fiber in us all that wants to "protect and serve". Otherwise we should just change the words "to respond and not give a shit" every time. That is not true either but more of the reality.

5/27/2015 11:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Saw Leo there, he looked good in his new State Police uniform.

5/27/2015 06:26:00 AM"

Why? Did have another award to pick up to add to his collection?
Phony Baloney, Go Back to Springfield where you belong.

5/27/2015 11:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Mrs.Wortham in a lobby downtown and told her that Sgt.Wortham is a hero of mine. "What a wonderful Policeman," I said to her. Too bad he is retired.We need Cops today with those street skills.

5/28/2015 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

I meant to send the Worthams a sympathy card when tragedy struck them. I never met either of them but they seem to be of the very nice and high class individuals. So sorry for the tragedy your family had to endure. I hope youre reading this Mr Wortham. We will never forget.

5/28/2015 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrobel as a young cop I have run in to you a few times. Always been an awesome guy and someone to look up to. Great job and I'm glad you're all good brother.

5/28/2015 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say the Mayor was a gem at the cermony, he does love all of CPD and you never hear him diss the police like the asshole mayors of NYC and Baltimore. His true heart was evident there......................

5/27/2015 04:18:00 AM


Are you kidding? Your words say that you're ball busting, but you didn't put ha-ha at the end.

The Mayor hates us and treats us likes unwashed peasants in his presence. Like the Clinton's, when the Mayor is on the scene police are told to get out of the picture. Not too far though, in case we are needed, but they don't want to see us.

Really, again, are you kidding?

5/27/2015 03:30:00 PM

A few months after Tiny Dancer took officer I saw one of his security team who I knew socially. I am not CPD, but have a relative who is, a fact of which s/he was aware. The comment to me, "Tell (relative) Rahm HATES the police. He really HATES the police."

5/28/2015 01:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy the austerity foist upon you by the rich..... the same folks who get richer by the day by taking YOUR wealth from you. And remember to take part in their game of pitting one set of employees against the other to help them drop wages in this country down to slave labor rates found elsewhere.

THEN you'll be happy!

5/27/2015 06:56:00 AM
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Ah yes, another unhappy leftist ranting about the rich, you know, the ones that steal our money. Hey dildo, once upon a time. regular people, like cops, wanted to be rich. They saved their money, invested it and got better off than their parents. If you want the rich to quit raping you, vote conservative and do away with crony politics and capitalism. Just when did it become chic to be so cynical? In case you aren't aware, of course, you aren't, but US factories are the most productive in the world. The US has a lot going for it, but if you vote another dunce into the office of the presidency, the US will indeed be done.

5/28/2015 02:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 11:08-

I'm not sure what your point is. Did something happen and I am unaware of it? Did Governor Walker rise up from his grave and attend the awards ceremony? Tell us more please.

5/28/2015 06:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Shea Family Dog said...

We love ya Officer Wroebel... Way to go.

5/28/2015 06:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to Officer Thomas Worthams funeral. I live as far northwest as you can yet I made that trip out south to attend his funeral and I am glad I did. Why you ask? Because it was there that I found out about the Wortham family. What a family, what a class act. If we had more people raise their families like Sgt. and Mrs. Wortham did we would not need one half of the coppers we now have. I am rarely impressed with anyone or anything but that family impressed the heck out of me.
If Chatam is changing and Sgt. and Mrs. Wortham are looking for a place to move to, there is a house for sale next to me in Edison Park that they should look at. They would be more than welcome up here.

5/28/2015 06:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure the award means very little to you on account of what you lost to earn it, but congratulations anyway.
I never met your son, but I'm sure he was a great guy.
Again, I am truly sorry for your loss, sir.

5/28/2015 07:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Last of the Dicks from A-6 said...

To the comment about President Clinton and how he treats the police.
I do not agree with the politics of either the Mayor or the former president, or many of our other current elected leaders.
I have had direct contact with President Clinton and Vice President Gore during my time as a CPD Detective. I have to say
that both individuals were very courteous to my self and the other CPD detectives that they came into contact with. Mrs. Gore was also a very nice lady and showed all of us a great deal of respect and courtesy. Mrs. Clinton and Mayor Daley, on the other hand, were a real piece of work. The later two persons on several occasions where I was present really treated the detail as if we were surfs. It don't take much time to show a little mutual respect and we always received that from the president and vice president. President G.W. Bush was also a very classy individual. I have not had any contact with the current Mayor but after several contacts with Mayor Daley and his group I find it hard to believe that the current Mayor could be any worse. These are incidents that I have seen first hand.

5/28/2015 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Rich still have his taxpayer funded bodyguards (chaurffervs)?

5/28/2015 01:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could not imagine losing a child in any shape or manner, but when you see your son executed on the street like a dog and then have the reaction to get your gun and defend him and yourself ,well someone like that is my HERO, I was on the scens at the Worthem Shooting and I felt the pain of the department losing another officer, my Son is a police officer and I am now retired and only now do I worry about him l
. I can't imagine what my parents and my wife felt like while I was working the streets day after day. I say a silent prayer for our police everyday. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!!!!!

5/28/2015 02:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job to all awardees thank you p, and to Mr.Worthem you a true hero may your son RIP May God bless you and your family!

5/28/2015 08:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom and Carolyn Worthym, along with their daughter, Sondra, are my heroes. They are WONDERFUL people. I cannot imagine the pain they feel every day thanks to this senseless act of selfish violence.

5/29/2015 05:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

......... President G.W. Bush was also a very classy individual. I have not had any contact with the current Mayor but after several contacts with Mayor Daley and his group I find it hard to believe that the current Mayor could be any worse. These are incidents that I have seen first hand.

5/28/2015 09:27:00 AM


First hand experience:
President Clinton - nice, but my partner was female and cute
Mrs Clinton - like gum on her shoe
The Gores - like I didn't exist (fine by me)
President Bush - like a hero, handshake and all
Mrs Obama - was told to be out of the area, she didn't like police in her vicinity
Tiny Dancer - see above

5/29/2015 06:04:00 AM  

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