Monday, September 19, 2016

Off Duty Killed

  • An off-duty Chicago police officer was killed in a motorcycle crash in suburban Forest View about 2 a.m. Sunday, sources said.

    A motorcyclist, whom law enforcement sources identified as off-duty Chicago police Officer Charles Barango, stopped at a red light at Central Avenue after exiting the Stevenson Expressway, according to Steve Good, Forest View chief of police.

    The light turned green, and Barango drove forward. A northbound vehicle then ran a red light and hit him, officials said.
Deepest condolences to his family, friends and co-workers



Anonymous Anonymous said...


9/19/2016 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace chuck. A true gentleman and A very calm, cool and genuine person. Nicest guy ever. He was going to retire shortly at 50 and had a nice gig lined up out of state training people in firearm and combat tactics. He was very excited about this. This city sucks. Another scumbag takes a great person too soon. We love ya chuck.

9/19/2016 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrible loss. An absolute Saint. Chuck would give you the shirt off his back even if it was the only shirt he owned. Forget the police side of things, chuck was a great person.

9/19/2016 12:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

U will b missed Chuck...... One of the best, very nice man.

9/19/2016 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unfortunately until drunk drivers who kill someone are charged with first degree murder, this will keep happening. If you intentionally pour booze down your throat and intentionally get behind the wheel of a car, then you should be charged with murder if you kill someone. You'll feel differently if a friend or family member gets killed by a drunk.

9/19/2016 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

coming home from shit hole 005 after tightening the bolts to keep assholes caged at the zoo. it sucks to get taken out on your way home

9/19/2016 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outstanding officer and even better person. This one hurts bad. I was lucky to have known you. You will be missed my friend. Prayers for the family.

9/19/2016 01:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rip chuck... always a good dude. Sad to see him go.

9/19/2016 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that other drivers suck is a constant.
Be safe, wear a helmet and imagine you are invisible while riding. RIP.

9/19/2016 02:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Christopher Jania said...

My name is Christopher Jania, I have been a Chicago Police Officer for over 18yrs, I also was a Cook County Sheriff for 2 yrs. I knew Chuck as a Correctional Officer and as a Chicago Police Officer. He was a friend to me and many others. He was an all around great person! We lost a great soul. Not only was Chuck a great Police Officer, but he was an outstanding human being. I will always remember Chucks' smile on his face when he saw you, and that's how I want to remember him. I miss u brother!

9/19/2016 03:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. to our brother CB.

For those of us that knew him, you already understand.....

For those that didn't have the honor of knowing him? He was Nothing short of a human inspiration. He always saw the silver lining in every cloud, and somehow maintained that passion for the job over all his years.and not only that- but the passion to pass that knowledge he gained on to the younger officers on the job.

He'd fought so much, but he'd be the last to tell you about it. That's just who he was. He was a rare breed for sure, and it seems that they don't make 'em like him anymore.

Prayers for him, and to his friends and family. So tragic indeed.

9/19/2016 03:09:00 AM  
Blogger B. Rob 31 Bryan said...

Blessings to the family. Chuck was An awesome guy, great officer and phenomenal partner. May you rest in peace bro.
B. Rob 005th Dist.

9/19/2016 03:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is absolutely tragic. Chuck was one of CPD's best. He'all be missed more than anyone can imagine. He would do anything for anyone.... no questions asked. For some drunk piece of sh*t to take chuck away from us is the worst part of it. All of the challenges chuck recently went through with the brain surgery and a few other unfortunate incidents proved to us how incredibly strong this man was.....mentally and physically. Always had a smile on his face and it was infectious. Goodbye chuck. I'll never forget about ya.

9/19/2016 05:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great guy. RIP Chuck

9/19/2016 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace our brother.
Sincere condolences to the entire family

9/19/2016 07:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great guy and true gentleman. He lived for his 2 daughters and his world revolved around them. My head aches for those two young ladies.
You will be missed friend.

9/19/2016 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck was a solid guy. Rest in peace brother

9/19/2016 08:20:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

RIP Officer.

9/19/2016 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers .. Rest in peace. Too sad to even talk

9/19/2016 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless You Police Officers! May you have Chuck in your memory and never forget how special you are. God Bless! From an honorably discharged Veteran (USAF) and County Deputy Sheriff who loves defeating the hell in jail!

9/19/2016 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sincere prayers for those involved.
He is with the Lord.
I've always wondered why the guy who runs the red light, is drunk, stoned, etc. will live and the innocent person dies.
Again, I am very, very sorry.

9/19/2016 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous TC said...

Anonymous said...
unfortunately until drunk drivers who kill someone are charged with first degree murder, this will keep happening. If you intentionally pour booze down your throat and intentionally get behind the wheel of a car, then you should be charged with murder if you kill someone. You'll feel differently if a friend or family member gets killed by a drunk.

9/19/2016 12:25:00 AM

I FULLY AGREE WITH YOU. It is well-established that driving intoxicated can impair the senses you need to drive a vehicle. It is also well-established that while driving intoxicated with impaired senses, the odds are greater that you can kill someone while driving. Driving intoxicated should be prima facie evidence of an intent to kill. Just like when anyone fires a gun toward a crowd and kills the "unintended target," it's prima facie evidence that by firing a gun into a crowd you can kill somebody, it doesn't matter if you kill the intended or unintended target. Driving under the influence laws need to change.

RIP by friend Chuck. Your loss truly hurts me to my core. My life was better for having had you in it, and for counting you among my truly good friends on this job. There are tears in my eyes as I type this, to think that this is not just a bad dream, that it is real and you are gone, but will always be remembered.


9/19/2016 08:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck was an all-around great guy. He is very missed.
Is there any information on any public services?

9/19/2016 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous valiant knight said...

God Speed Brother. We'll take it from here. Praying for you and your family.

9/19/2016 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck was the type of guy that would always ask how you and your family were doing. A true gentleman and so positive. Loved his daughters and was super proud of them. I'll never forget those late night workouts laughing and joking with him. Rest in peace my friend.

9/19/2016 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuckie, you are a true great one. Please watch over us from above and guide us as you would do. Love you R.I.P.

9/19/2016 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never met Chuck, but he sounds like an amazing person. My thoughts and prayers to his family and his friends, so sorry for your loss.

9/19/2016 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck, your a true brother, and you will be missed. RIP.

9/19/2016 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was basically still a rookie I met chuck, can't even remember the circumstances now but apparently he saw something in me and took the time to give me advice and encourage me on certain paths and how to best approach the job. Ran into him a number of times throughout my career thus far and had the chance to take a couple of doors with him. Nicest dude, had a truely good heart. I'm honored to have known him. You will be missed brother.
-A. Larson

9/19/2016 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fucking Drunk Drivers!

9/19/2016 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mc donald officers to be fired today,and indicted tomorrow!

9/19/2016 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger nous said...

Go bless and Rest in Peace Officer Barango. Condolences to the family.

9/19/2016 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP officer. Terrible way to go.

Retired ISP

9/19/2016 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have a family, there is a simple solution. Don't get on a motorcycle. My dad told me many years ago that he would break my legs if he ever saw me on a motorcycle. He had seen too many people killed or injured. Especially if you have a family, please don't get on a motorcycle. You may be the best rider, but idiots don't care how they drive.

9/19/2016 11:36:00 AM  
Blogger BirdsnBlooms1 said...

RIP. Prayers to family and friends.
So sad.

9/19/2016 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I first met Chuck in SOS and then on SWAT. What a great guy, Chuck worked tirelessly while on the SWAT team to make it a better team. Chuck fully understood the team concept and went above and beyond to ensure those values were abided by all team members. Chuck would do anything to succeed and would help anyone who struggled to succeed. I know Heavens gates were wide open to receive Chuck. God has a new right hand man and his name is Chuck Barango. Rest easy my brother I know you will protect us from all evil. I'm glad to have known you and met you.
Your brother,
Greg Insley Unit 153/353/620

9/19/2016 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a tragic loss.

Everyone that rides knows the pleasure and risks.

If there is a heaven for bikers, it is a place that has unlimited curvy roads, no potholes, always perfect weather and no idiot cagers.

He is there now. Still too soon.

9/19/2016 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember a new officer name Charles I met in 007 back in 2004 when I was a new sergeant. At the time he had a red Suzuki sportbike, I think a Hayabusa, some thief burglarized his garage and stole it I think.
If this is the same Chuck I must say we lost one of the good guys. He was a very mild mannered person and a very physically intimidating officer, kind of like an MMA fighter, in very great shape.

RIP Brother...John 3:16

9/19/2016 01:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just read about this on "everyblock". some commenters there knew this officer personally.

I wanted to take this time to express condolences, but also to thank our officers for risking their lives for the rest of us every day.

9/19/2016 01:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A wonderful human being with a kind heart. He was what we all should strive to be on this job. Chuck you beat so many obstacles that came your way only to be taking down like this. Life is not fair and I am proud to have known you and call you a friend. RIP brother.

9/19/2016 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP my brother!
You will be missed!

9/19/2016 02:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was an honor to call Chuck Barango my friend. It's difficult to imagine meeting a better human being than Chuck. Great sense of humor, humble, generous, and an outstanding police officer on top of it. He will be missed terribly. Condolences to his family and friends. RIP Chuck, Godspeed.

9/19/2016 02:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck made me a better cop. He was invaluable to this department and I'll never forget him. Thank you for your service brother.

9/19/2016 03:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck Barango and I were on the Cook County S.O.R.T. team together before that we worked in Division 10 of the Cook County Jail. We both went to CPD about the same time with Chuck starting the academy in June of '02 and myself in February of '03. Chuck was always a great guy, I would go a step further and call him a STAND UP GUY! The last time I saw Chuck was several months ago when I was giving a talk at an Officer Involved Shooting Class at the academy, the last thing he said to me before he hugged me as that I was a real hero. No Chuck, you are a real hero, let none of us ever forget this guy who backed me up in the 006th District several times and was there for any one of us. S.O.R.T. FOR LIFE CHUCK!!
P.O. Jim Gochee
018th District/ CPD

9/19/2016 04:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Officer God Bless you your family and all CPD we love you all signed CFD Medic. Ret

9/19/2016 04:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Chuck briefly this year at his nephew Anthony Heatherly's funeral. It's been a rough year for that family, losing loved ones to violence and drunk driving. RIP Chuck.

9/19/2016 05:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
mc donald officers to be fired today,and indicted tomorrow!

9/19/2016 10:25:00 AM

The Grand Jury has not even been convened yet you moron.

9/19/2016 05:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have known Chuck for over 30 years, long before the job. I am truly crushed by this news. He was such a great human being. I am glad to have been able to call him friend. He always had a smile on his face, even during the challenges he had to overcome. His laugh was infectious and he could bring you to tears. He will truly be missed. Not many Great guys like him anymore. May you Rest in Peace my Brother from another mother.

9/19/2016 05:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck was a great guy. Although he was no longer a member of SWAT, where he was assigned for several years, I'm sure that the SWAT team is reeling from the loss of a terrific guy. It's especially tragic that Chuck went through so much to live, only to lose his life by the sheer carelessness of a drunk driver. R.I.P. Chuck. Condolences to his children and his many friends and co-workers. He truly was one of the best, always with a smile on his face. God bless him.

9/19/2016 06:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very sad my prayers to you and your family.

9/19/2016 06:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He kept us safe and taught us tactics that will continue to keep us safe for the rest of our careers. Thank you Chuck, and my family thanks you too. Love you brotha

9/19/2016 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turn out for his family and service's don't let the dog who killed him go on without knowing we care.

9/19/2016 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was devastated to read that Chuck was the off-duty officer killed. Anyone who was blessed enough to know Chuck, knows exactly the caliber of man he was. However, I really feel the need to honor Chuck and describe the man that I was lucky enough to meet for those of you who never had the opportunity.

Others here have already paid beautiful tribute to Chuck and have mentioned how he was an unparalleled officer. Despite ever having had the opportunity to work alongside Chuck, I have no doubt all of his fellow officers' experiences would be similar to the sentiments already expressed. Even a brief encounter with Chuck would let you know that he was highly skilled, thoroughly professional, yet highly modest in manner. After meeting Chuck you would instantly realize that this was a man of fearsome physical prowess. He was a man that would have been at home throughout time in any of history's vivid scenarios that called for men strong of heart and bold in action. He would have been right at home filling the breech at the Alamo, marching in the shadows of the pyramids with Alexander, or storming the beaches at Normandy. He would not fail those who put their trust in him. There is no doubt in my mind that St. Michael has fitted a sword ready for Chuck's hand.

Through the intersection of our respective careers, I had the honor to meet Chuck and also had the pleasure to be able to speak with him at length on a variety of topics, many of them entirely unrelated to being the police. I can truly state that Chuck was an exceptional man and one of the most impressive persons I have ever met in or outside of the law enforcement realm. He was at the point in his career when he was able to truly enjoy the rewards of his hard work and contemplate all the opportunities available to him once he did not have contend with the rigors of the job. His interests and passions were varied and profound, and Chuck seemed to have endless energy. We spoke of food, wine, cigars, travel, literature, and music. Chuck shared with me how he had decided to take up playing the guitar and how devoted he was to learning how to create with it. We discussed future plans of meeting to continue our talks and we each earmarked books in our collection that we would exchange. Chuck truly was a man in full, in the best sense of that complimentary phrase.

The most memorable thing about Chuck was his absolute love for his two daughters. He spoke of them often and with a loving father's immense sense of pride. No one was going to hurt his daughter's and he joked that his daughter's were stronger than he was. They were his real mission in life and my prayers and condolences go out to his daughters. They know better than anyone how much of an outstanding gentleman Chuck was and I cannot imagine their grief.

We were all better for knowing you Chuck. Rest in Peace.

9/19/2016 07:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Chuck You will be missed. A gentlemen and a charm. A smile that lights up a room. Forever memories 007 District's Gang Team. #61stRacine #EnglewoodRanger

9/19/2016 08:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Chuck at Ralph's cigars a few times he was truly a great guy nothing phony about him . May God Bless his family.

9/19/2016 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Chuck, thanks for all of the assists.

341 Guy.

9/19/2016 08:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck your with us forever, never forget... rest in peace, my brother....

9/19/2016 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the true giants on this department... I was privileged to know Chuck and maybe this is the reason it hurts so much to loose him. True is that if you never met him, dont feel bad, cause you would have lost a great freind and your pain would have been unimaginable. Great man, father, friend and brother in arms. For those that knew Chuck... I cry with you.

9/20/2016 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Chuck from 007. Tough as nails, strong as a bull, and a heart made of gold. He was always made the situation better. I called him "Fuck em up Chuck", but he never had to fuck anybody up because he was so physically and mentally intimidating that no criminal wanted to fight him. Such a nice person that looked so intimidating was one of the many things that made Chuck special. Chuck, I will miss you my friend. RIP

9/20/2016 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love you, brother. You were always an inspiration. Always with a smile and a positive attitude. We should have retired and done what we were talking about. I'll see you soon, but not that soon. I know the first thing I'll see is that smile. Rest easy. Your work here was well done.

9/20/2016 02:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck was definitely a great man and a very positive force. He made everyday a joy for me when you would encounter his bright smile, never a loud guy but always matter of fact. I just had a great talk with him a few weeks ago and he told me how great of a boss I was, and I told him it was guys like him made my life easy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this sad tjme. RIP CHUXK!!!.

9/20/2016 09:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9/20/2016 12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@755 that made me tear up.

9/20/2016 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck, I met you when you came on the job and you were a true gentleman. I ran into you many years later when I was in 018 and still you were the same mellow cool guy that i met many years ago. I said to myself, "Chuck will be a boss one day and never forget where he came from". Sad that this happened, watch over us, Ride On!!

9/20/2016 10:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Offender blew a 0.111, 100k bond, agg DUI only.

9/21/2016 02:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wake information is in the Tribune. Please tr to make this wake. This family gas had it share of sorrow in the past few years. I'm sure they will appreciate a good turn out.

9/21/2016 01:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure this charge will be upgraded.

9/21/2016 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP brother, I ride also and I was hit on my bike in traffic, I've to learn how to walk again, 2013 change my life forever.

9/21/2016 07:28:00 PM  

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