Monday, August 14, 2017

RIP Captain

  • A captain in the Chicago Police Calumet District died early Sunday after he was found unconscious in his squad car on the Bishop Ford Freeway on the Far South Side, police said.

    Capt. James Lavoy, 50, was found in his police vehicle about 12:10 a.m. on I-94 near the Stony Island feeder ramp, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Sympathies to his family, friends and co-workers.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to all that came out today for the procession for a great man. To the goofs in the marked and unmarked cars that kept their sirens blaring while in the procession you are complete morons. It's suppose to be a quiet, slow solomn procession, not the July 4th parade with horns and Durand blaring. Some people on this job are just the worst and could screw up a wet dream. Rip jimmy.

8/14/2017 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace.

8/14/2017 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Captain, you were a class act, the working police, a gentleman, what else can be said?

A working captain....

8/14/2017 12:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless Capt. Way too young. May you rest in peace !!

8/14/2017 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers to you and you family.

8/14/2017 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Capt. Thoughts & prayers to the family!

8/14/2017 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly a great guy liked by many!

8/14/2017 01:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest well Sir
May your family find peace as they grieve your passing.

8/14/2017 01:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Jimmy
A great guy, one of the few who didn't let rank go to his head. May you be in the Lord's hand and God bless your family.

Old 001st District Tact Guy

8/14/2017 01:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can easily put Capt. James Lavoy in the top 5 of the best people I have ever worked for, in my 29 years on this job. My eternal gratitude to you for restoring some of my faith in this department. You gave it your all to try and bring the 011th District back from the brinks of hell. In the short time I worked for you, you were nothing but a true gentleman, who always put the officer's welfare and safety first. You always had a smile on your face, even though we both knew we were banging our heads up against the wall. My prayers go out to your family, friends and co-workers. It was an honor and pleasure to work for you. CPD, we lost a good one.

Lt. Stephanie Stuart #330

8/14/2017 02:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly is a big loss for the department. I work in 005 and dont have as much as time as much of the readers have. Speaking from first hand accounts. I can honestly say he would give you the shirt off his back. Not only would he write letters congratulating you on a great arrest. He personally handed out his cell phone number to officers. And would tell you to call him for anything, no matter the time. He made it a point that safety was the number one goal. their wasn't a single arrest that is worth jeopardizing your house, your job, and your family. he truly had your back. And knew it was a bad time to be "the police" and didn't encourage activity for a promotion. I witnessed a conversation with an officer that had a concussion from an accident. Captain Lavoy would not let this officer leave the district until he had someone at his house to look after him. He even offered this officer to his home. Captain Lavoy, you truly will be missed.

8/14/2017 02:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you and may you rest in peace Jimmy. I worked with you when you were just a lowly p.o. in 001 and I watched you climb up the ladder to bigger and better things. Unlike most people who rise up I can proudly say that you never forgot where you came from. I can proudly say that you were my friend. God bless you buddy....

8/14/2017 03:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP dear captain, never knew you but always heard you had a heart of gold to the blue shirts. Prayers for his dear beloved family.

8/14/2017 03:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Sir and godspeed!

Angels in heaven await your arrival!

8/14/2017 05:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Jimmy. You will be missed

8/14/2017 05:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Jimmy. Well done.

8/14/2017 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great man!
R.I.P. Jimmy....😥

8/14/2017 06:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP sir, you will be missed

8/14/2017 06:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I crossed paths with Capt LAVOY many times.
Always a gentleman and willing to listen and help you out,
We lost a good one.
Rest in Peace

8/14/2017 06:58:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

He was a nice guy. This is a huge loss.

8/14/2017 07:14:00 AM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

Jimmy was such an amazing person.

He just had his birthday weeks ago and just came back from furlough with his family.

Therefore waking up early Sunday morning to .... this news, was hard to digest.

This giant of a man yet a big ball of caring. Never take life seriously.... and how his family, blue family and community were highly important to him.

Thank you to the memorial as well as this blog for bringing this person into my life long ago. You start sharing your life and get a closer glimpse into this person which makes your life so much for the better.

Much gratitude for the IDOT worker who stopped to check on him.

For my blue family, please take care of yourself while you're taking care of others.

8/14/2017 07:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Jimmy

8/14/2017 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Jim years back when I was in SOS and he was in TRU. A real good guy, my heart goes out to his family.

8/14/2017 07:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Jim years back when I was in SOS and he was in TRU. A real good guy, my heart goes out to his family.

8/14/2017 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now Jimmy is reunited with his old partner Paulie C, patrolling the gates of heaven.
You won't find better men!

8/14/2017 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He should have been a commander years ago. great cop, great leader, great man. You will be missed Jimmy.

8/14/2017 08:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Valiant Knight said...

Rest now brother, we will take it from here. May God keep Capt Lavoy's family safe and give them peace.

8/14/2017 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless Jimmy you were a great guy and will be missed.

8/14/2017 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Captain you have earned your wings

8/14/2017 09:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Best guy in the class. Always a smile on his face. Nothing but birdies and eagles from now on Jimmy. Rest in Piece buddy.

8/14/2017 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the only true leaders that was left on this job. A prince of a man and one of the best bosses you could ever ask for. RIP Captain

8/14/2017 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like he should have been an exempt

8/14/2017 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Jimmy, a class act all the way. My sympathies for his family and countless friends.

8/14/2017 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jimmy was one of the few people in this job that I would actually call a friend. We talked regularly and texted probably twice a week. I could always count on Jimmy bringing me back down to earth when I was "on the ledge". He was someone that always kept things in perspective. A true family man who adored his wife and loved his kids. I will miss you jimmy. Watch over us and Godspeed.

-former 253

8/14/2017 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace sir.

This job has become more stressful than ever before.
Ladies and gentlemen, please take the time to get a physical every year after age 50.
This is the time your body starts to go through some significant changes.

8/14/2017 09:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like he was a a great guy and a great boss. So many supervisors on this job are jagoffs, which makes it a harder hit when we lose good ones. RIP sir and prayers to your family. Definitely too young for this.

8/14/2017 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good man! He should have been the superintendent.

8/14/2017 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Citizen Richard said...

I tip my hat to any and all who are willing to lay it all on the line for the safety of the citizenry. Your fellow officers have had all kind things to say regarding your time here on earth. Such a long, long time to be gone, but a short time to be here. Sounds as if you made the most of it.
G_d Bless you and your family.
R.I.P. sir.

8/14/2017 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. prayers sent to family.

8/14/2017 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A beloved gentle giant may he rest in peace

8/14/2017 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May your family find peace and resolve Captain Lavoy. You were one of the nicest bosses we ever had in 011 for the short time you were here. I hope more people with that position of power take your actions as the baseline for how you treat your fellow man.

8/14/2017 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love you Jimmy😢

8/14/2017 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8/14/2017 12:10:00 AM

Typical copper, has to complain about something. I can't wait to retire to get the fuck away from the negativity of cops.

If you were such a great fan of Jimmy, you would know that you could've had the circus handle the procession and he would've been happy with that. He would've laughed at it or said it is what it is.

I could post links all day, search them yourself and call those departments and tell them how you are the grand authority on processions and that they were doing them wrong.

8/14/2017 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P Jimmy

8/14/2017 03:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure there's not enough room on this sacred blog site to do your accolades justice.
On behalf of all those who were fortunate enough to have crossed your path, and all the other the thin blue line well-wishers, May God now welcome you into His open arms for your ultimate, Welcome Home!
Rest in Peace, Captain Sir.

8/14/2017 03:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The man defined by decency, humility, benevolence to his officers and class all around. He will be missed.
Safe travels well.

8/14/2017 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Speed Jimmy Ken M

8/14/2017 04:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Sounds like he should have been an exempt

8/14/2017 09:15:00 AM

Good and decent men are walled-off from becoming
members of the policy-making echelon of CPD.

Most good and decent men who have attained the
rank of Lieutenant or Captain with CPD,
DO decline the exempt Gold Star when offered
if at all.

We recall one particularly vile exempt
being described as: "Big, strong, mean,
ignorant, a bully and a coward."

Integrity and decency in the upper ranks is as
thin as piss on a new square of sidewalk
on a hot, sunny day.

Th upper ranks reflect the culture and mindset
of that which is ensconced at City Hall.

The good ones always leave us too soon.

The bad ones always seem to overstay, thrive and revel
in the affliction, grief and aggravation they cause.

8/14/2017 05:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Jimmy when I came on the job in the Old 21st district he was just a blue shirt then but he was the most helpful person I encountered. He always had a kind word to say even when most people on the job were salty and mean. God bless his soul and may He bring peace to his family's hearts. I wish more people on this job were like Jimmy. Brothers and sisters please think before you are cruel to each other. Be supportive of each other and help each other out.

8/14/2017 07:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please keep in mind no matter how upside down the world is that CPD still features many, many of the finest most humble people who dwell amongst us.

8/14/2017 07:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never officially met you, Captain, but the couple of times you were detailed to our district you always had a smile on you. Everyone I know that worked for you had nothing but nice things to say about you and that right there speaks volumes of your person. It truly is sad to lose a boss like yourself bc your personality as a leader is uncommon amongst CPD supervisors. May you Rest In Peace

8/14/2017 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quick story as to the type of boss Captain Lavoy was. One night working midnights we had located a hit and run offender Who was inside his home. The whole time we let the dispatcher know what was happening. Low and behold I turn around to walk up to the door and who pulls up but none ever then lt. Lavoy. Said he was on his way home from TRU and heard we were working on arresting someone and wanted to back us up. Now lt.lavoy didn't stand on the sidewalk and watch when we went up the stairs and ultimately into the residence but was right behind me.
Thank you once again Captain Lavoy. Hit em long and straight.

8/14/2017 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godspeed Jimmy. You are now in a place where the greens are true, wind is always at your back, sun always shining gently upon your face, every swing is perfect and you can have Arnold Palmer with Arnie at the 19th Hole. God Bless and comfort Jimmy and his family.

8/14/2017 10:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in the prossession! He was a GREAT GUY! White shirt meant nothing to him!!!!! In 20 years I have never met a better boss! From car in procession from M.E. have to tell all State Troopers and IDOT did an AMAZING job!!! Dan Ryan was closed off! But to all u blue shirts that knew Jimmy, NOT ONE EXEMPT member was there!!!

8/15/2017 01:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And to the idiot that obviously has not done a prossesion! In over 20 years i have done plenty! The idea is to let EVERY ONE know we are FAMILY! Plus while u are complaining about sirens we had a m/1/19 give the procession the finger at 111 and wabash!

8/15/2017 01:53:00 AM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Jimmy, you will be missed. You were a true friend. We worked together many years ago in 021 and we had a ball many years later when I was your driver for NATO. There wasn't one time that I saw you over the years that the first thing you would ask is how are Colleen and the boys doing. You are the perfect example of what a friend, Boss, and a person that we should all strive to be. My heart is broken for your loss for your at home family and your blue family. Again, this is another example of a "GOOD" one being taken from us way to soon. Say hello to Paul for all of us. God speed my friend. I will miss you.

Mike Burnette

8/15/2017 02:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't let this job kill you. Take time to take care of yourself first!

8/15/2017 07:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Met the Captain at several shootings in 011. Always a gentleman, not just white shirt on a scene. You could tell he cared about his trooos.Few years later had to process a job out South and the Captain not only remembered me but joked about me being lost and that far South. Nice man from my limited interactions. From all the comments and respect shown, one can tell we lost a great man. My prayers are with him and his family. May he Rest in Peace.

8/15/2017 07:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wished I could have seen the PROCESSION. It sounds like the Captain was a good man.

8/15/2017 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great man with a great sense of humor.....He loved being the police and was an outstanding leader. Even though we didn't cross paths often, I will miss you, brother

8/15/2017 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to truly miss you my dear friend, going to miss seeing you in your shorts on the golf course, miss seeing your soft touch around the green, miss your partnership as we put the "BOOM" on our opponents, miss you driving me to the golf course so I can get a nap in before we play, miss your smile and laughter, miss your counsel, miss your big shoulders, miss your company, miss you. This emptiness I have is going to linger for a long while, you are truly going to be missed by many. I am grateful for the honor to have known you, to be with you when you got 2 of your 3 hole-in-ones. Keep hitting them straight in heaven.

Love you buddy, you will always be in my heart. Rest in peace.

8/15/2017 04:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to miss him!!'

8/16/2017 02:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With deep sympathy for all those who mourn the end of watch of "Capt. Jimmy".

Come to think of it, "End of Watch" would be a much more respectful tag when the fallen are honored than the current "We got nothing", SCC...

8/18/2017 01:51:00 PM  

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