Superintendent Honors Outstanding CPD Officers at Monthly
Departmental Commendation Ceremony
CHICAGO –Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy presented awards today to outstanding officers at the Superintendent’s Monthly Departmental Commendation Ceremony. The event serves to recognize officers who have distinguished themselves and the Chicago Police Department by their exemplary bravery and praiseworthy deeds.
The event was held at Chicago Public Safety Headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Avenue. Among the 326 awardees honored at this month’s ceremony were: A Life Saving Award was presented to Police Officers Kenneth Flaherty and Jose Lopez and Sergeant Steven Petrowski Officer Kenneth Flaherty and Officer Jose Lopez were on patrol when they observed an inverted vehicle. Upon approach, officers discovered the driver was trapped inside the vehicle. The officers approached the unstable vehicle and noted the citizen was restricted by her seatbelt. The officers immediately located and utilized tools for forced entry, allowing them access to the victim. Officer Lopez then employed tactics to release the driver from the snare, and with the assistance of Sergeant Petrowski, began extracting her from the vehicle. Shortly thereafter emergency medical services arrived on scene and tended to the victim. Due to the brave and selfless actions exemplified by the awardees, a citizen’s life was saved.
A Department Commendation was presented to Officers Jose Rojas, Martin Ortega, Sean Bottom, Kevin Stanula, Dennis Graber, Thomas O’Brien, and Sergeant Michael Murzyn Officers Jose Rojas and Martin Ortega were on aggressive patrol when they heard approximately three to five gun shots in the vicinity of 5300 W. Chicago Ave. The officers radioed the information and relocated to the area. Upon arrival, they observed two unknown subjects running from the scene, as well as multiple victims with multiple gunshot wounds.
Add One/January 2013 Monthly Commendation Officer Rojas sent a “flash message” with a description of the offenders. The officers, along with Sergeant Michael Murzyn, then toured the area and observed a subject matching the description and exiting a yard on the 800 block of N. Lorel Ave. The offender then was placed under arrest with the assistance of Officer Sean Bottom and Officer Kevin Stanula. Upon a search of the area where the offender was located, Sergeant Michael Murzyn, Officer Dennis Graber, and Officer Thomas O’Brien located evidence. The offender later gave a full confession to the shooting and identified his accomplice. Due to the officers’ quick actions, attention to duty, and professionalism, two offenders were charged with murder and are currently awaiting trial. The Life Saving Award was presented to Officers Desai Rishi, Brenden McWilliams, and Mark Campbell
A “man with a knife call” was dispatched on the 6500 block of S. Lowe. When officers responded to the scene, they learned that a subject was inside the apartment, armed with a knife, and threatening to kill the three children with him. The officers observed through the ground floor window that the offender was armed with a
knife and had barricaded the front door of the apartment. While officers were attempting to talk to the offender, he dangled one of the children out the second floor window, threatening to kill him. P.O. Desai Rishi broke a ground floor window to gain access to the apartment. Officers Rishi, McWilliams, and Campbell then proceeded up the stairs to the second floor.
Officers observed the offender enter a bedroom on the second floor and close the door. Officers forced open the bedroom door and observed the offender holding a knife to one of the children while restraining the other children. Officers continuously gave orders for the offender to drop the knife, with him refusing. When officers observed the offender raise his knife and place it against the neck of one of the children, an officer fired his weapon, striking the offender. Due to the teamwork of all of the officers involved, a life threatening
incident was resolved with no physical harm to any of the children.