Thursday, April 07, 2016

Fulfilling a Wish

  • Six-year-old Madison Pruitt, who has cancer, wanted to become a cop.

    So on Wednesday afternoon, interim Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson walked two blocks from the Gresham District police station to Madison’s home in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood to make her dream come true.

    Marching behind Johnson were about 75 cops, including two on horseback.

    “I heard your lifelong dream was to be a Chicago Police officer,” Johnson told the little girl, who was bundled up and sitting in a wheelchair as the two met on the front porch of her home where she is receiving hospice care.

    “So today I’m going to make it official, and make you a lifelong Chicago Police officer, congratulations,” he said, placing a Chicago police cap on her head. The brim promptly sank down over her face.

    In a voice not more than a squeak, Madison said she wanted to be a police officer “because you get to protect people.”
Sometimes it's even more than that Madison, but your sentiments reflect why many of us joined in the first place. We don't do it to get rich or shoot bad guys or being portrayed as monsters day in and day out. We join out of a sense of helping, tradition, protecting and serving, even in the face of adversity. Lord knows there's plenty of that

Keep fighting - you have the heart of a cop in you already.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a shame the good die and the assholes seem to live long enough to ruin lives of countless others.

God Bless Madison.

4/07/2016 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you, sweetheart.

4/07/2016 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless her

4/07/2016 01:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Not Barney Fife said...

Saw this on TV. Now THAT is the CPD I know.

Excellent job.

4/07/2016 01:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be strong little one

4/07/2016 01:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you sweetheart Madison,. Thanks you CPD men and women who stop to see this gift of a child from God. You made the old CPD guys most proud. Thanks to Supt Eddie, a kind and gentle man.

4/07/2016 01:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot remember when I have been more proud of the CPD. My hat is off to all of you as I bow my head in respect and admiration.

4/07/2016 01:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job CPD!
You showed her that her life does matter.

4/07/2016 02:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Job!

4/07/2016 02:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless you sweetheart

4/07/2016 06:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very moving

4/07/2016 06:44:00 AM  
Blogger SpankDaddy said...

Good move Eddie. You were always a great guy.

4/07/2016 07:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post.

4/07/2016 07:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Class act all the way around -- especially little Madison.

4/07/2016 08:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Williams showed up and gave her the answers to the next sergeants test.

4/07/2016 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a sight we can donate some cash for this kids family?

4/07/2016 08:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep...and that's why I'm leaving with 15 years on...because it just isn't like that any more

4/07/2016 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if he gave her the "special invite" to the study group for the dics test?

4/07/2016 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice move. Shows class.

4/07/2016 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To not only protect, but to heal and help. This is the extra that keeps me going. In the midst of all the negativity and hate, there is this glimmer of hope. A beautiful little girl wants to be like us. I don't consider myself special, we are just police. But, someone else we are so much more. It's nice to be reminded of that.

4/07/2016 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a dollface. Godspeed! Great job to all on scene. Mounted Unit to boot? Awesome! I bet she loved every second of it. TY

4/07/2016 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am retired after almost 40 years on this job and I always enjoyed helping out people who truly needed help. I never took your race or religion as a reason to help somebody. The chicago police as a group are a bunch of people with big hearts. I really think most people think good of us. It is the non law a bidding people who want others to think poorly of us. GREAT job Eddie Johnson and Erie Spradly.

4/07/2016 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you "Bossy Mama"..
And you too CPD.!!!!

4/07/2016 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you Madison.
Your will and determination to carry on despite the struggle is an inspiration to all your fellow big brothers and sisters in blue.

4/07/2016 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many people will write this off as a pr stunt!! What they fail to see is P.O's buying shoes, clothes & food for kids!! Holding a kid or just the hand of a kid trying to provide comfort for a child in a bad situation. I'm glad this child was given a smile if just for a moment!! For all the people who hate us, kids like this make it worth the hate. GOD BLESS you little one, when you get to heaven just look down & smile

4/07/2016 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should have made her a Lieutenant!

4/07/2016 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess any media sound bite is better then none.

Best turn out I have seen in 30 years.
Bless this strong little girl.

BUT hard to swallow the command staff showing up.
Sorry but staged events are just pitifully.

Did not enjoy Weiss, McCarthy and now Jackson or Escalante showing up
to take interviews when this story is about the little girl.

sorry but that's the facts
show up do your duty and leave.
soundbites are for pandering bosses

4/07/2016 10:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Stephen said...

Every time some a-hole says "f--- the police" (like that radical activist that was part of the teachers union rally last week) they should provide this article and the brief commentary you appended. Literally, police officers would not have a job if the scum of the earth did not exist. It's because crime exists, bad people exist, those who wish to harm others exist that they have jobs. And yet they still take those jobs. I'm not an officer but whenever I see a cop responding, whether for something large or small, I do give thanks for their service, because they've chosen to do a dangerous job most of us wouldn't be up to doing ourselves.

4/07/2016 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT... Remember to do those ISR's boys and girls, or Lt. EW and MM will toss you off your car in 007 and split you and your partner up. Hit those softballs. ISR all those pissbums, that's how we reduce crime!

Remember all those merit hacks need you to do those ISR's so they can wear even more brass!

4/07/2016 10:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eddies doing anything he can to deflect the heat coming from the Lt Exam Scam. Regardless, it was a nice thing to do. God bless that little munchkin.

4/07/2016 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless this little girl. CPD did a great job making her day so special.

4/07/2016 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Grabowski said...

This story brought a tear to my cynical eye. God bless her. Hero worship is not dead. Don't forget it or let anyone else ever tell you otherwise.

4/07/2016 01:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless her and her family. Stay strong new officer!

4/07/2016 02:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes we had visited her in the hospital last week, she is a special girl , GOD Bless CPD and Madison.

4/07/2016 03:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NICE job CPD, you guys rock.

4/07/2016 06:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TOO BAD the "lamestream" cop hating media dosen't show this story nationally.

They hate cops until they need the police to get them out of a jam.

Screw the media, and this is coming from a liberal citizen, who respects the police, "back the blue".

4/07/2016 06:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is a little Angel in a fucked up world!

4/07/2016 06:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outstanding CPD GO blue!

4/07/2016 10:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless and keep you close to him, PPO Madison!
You a shining inspiration!

4/08/2016 12:58:00 AM  

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