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Name: Wortham, Thomas E.
Star: 6181
Memorial Panel #: 8
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 007 District
End of Watch: 20 May 2010
Incident Details: Officer Thomas E. Wortham IV was a 3-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 007 District. On May 19, 2010, Officer Wortham was off duty and visiting his parents’ home following a trip to Washington, D.C. for National Police Week. As he left the residence, Wortham was approached by four male offenders who attempted to rob him of his motorcycle. Wortham identified himself as a police officer and drew his service weapon as the offenders opened fire, striking the officer in the abdomen. The officer’s father, a retired Chicago police sergeant, witnessed the shooting and exchanged gunfire with the offenders, killing one and seriously wounding another. Officer Wortham was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. The three surviving offenders, Paris McGee, Toyius Taylor and Marcus Floyd, were arrested and charged with first-degree murder. They are currently awaiting trial. Officer Wortham had recently returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq while serving with the Wisconsin Army National Guard. He is survived by his parents, Carolyn and Thomas III, and sister, Sandra.

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  • Once again a better part of our future is taken from us by those who did not learn because others failed to teach. Our prayers and love are with his family and fellow officers. —— Charles E. Carlson and family — 05/22/2010

  • For years, Thomas and his sister danced in the “New Life Dance Company” with our son. When we heard of this tragedy, we immediately remembered that time and smiled at the memories. We are soooo saddened about this loss and will continue to pray for Thomas’ family and friends. But, our faith tells us that Thomas is in a place where he will rejoice until we all join him. We will continue to pray for the entire Chicago Police Department as it moves forward from yet another horrible sign of the times in the city. God Bless!!!! —— Retired Sgt. Ed Madgett and Family — 05/22/2010

  • It is indeed a shame that one could spend a year in a hot war zone, and return to this country to be gunned down in the streets. Unfortunately, this is an all-too common story. My heart goes out to the family, and my prayers are with you. —— A. Billups — 05/22/2010

  • no matter how long , always rember , as a Police family we will never forget . My Deepest condolonces for the family —— Retired C P D Officer Steven Friedman — 05/22/2010

  • My deepest sympathy to the Wortham family, it is a sad time for all. We thank Officer Wortham for his Military Service, and his service to the City of Chicago. May your family find peace with the great memories left behind by, Officer THOMAS WORTHAM IV. “He will never be forgotten.” —— Detective Gilbert Ortiz Area 3 — 05/22/2010

  • Rest In Peace Officer Wortham. My prayers go out to you and your family My condolences to your mother and father who had to witness this horrible tragedy. As an Officer serving two tours of duty in Iraq and honorable patrolman on our department will be well received among the hero’s in heaven. I believe if you can you’ll inform them, among the transition, that we need spiritual help down here where there are many lost souls. Thanks for the time you were here with us. —— P.O. Cornelius Downey — 05/22/2010

  • God has taken an angel to heaven. I want to extend my condolences to the family of this officer. —— Belinda Jackson. — 05/22/2010

  • Your life was a testament of the good in people. Your bravery and service to Chicago and the world will not be in vein. Rest in peace. My condolonces to the Wortham family, a true hero was lost and our hearts are heavy. God Bless! —— Yousef A. — 05/21/2010

  • To the family you have my condolonces. May God Bless you and keep you. —— Beverly L. Childs — 05/21/2010

  • It is just a sad thing to happen to a person that serve his country to protect all people all race to go over to Iraq and fight a war and God send him home safe,and than something like this happen if he did not die in Iraq (than you have to ask yourself why here and now for a arm robbery. God bless his family. —— Gerri — 05/21/2010

  • WE WILL TRULY MISS YOU AND NO ONE IS EVER PREPARED FOR THE THINGS THAT LIFE GIVE S US.AS A FORMER RANGER YOU NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE THE POLICE AND PROUDLY SAY IM A RANGER.Rangers are no stranger to danger.We are strong .It hurts like hell to keep going to these damn funerals .I cant even imagine what the family is going through.However I DO know that ,every one this job (Cpd) need to get right with God ,because we never know when we are going to meet our maker.This is a young man that touched everyones heart and with the short time on the job ,he was loved. We need to put aside our differences and unite as one and take our streets i am sure he ll missed by many and its a great loss to cpd and the community god bless him and his family —— j campagna cook county sherrif dept — 05/21/2010

  • WE WILL TRULY MISS YOU AND NO ONE IS EVER PREPARED FOR THE THINGS THAT LIFE GIVE S US.AS A FORMER RANGER YOU NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE THE POLICE AND PROUDLY SAY IM A RANGER.Rangers are no stranger to danger.We are strong .It hurts like hell to keep going to these damn funerals .I cant even imagine what the family is going through.However I DO know that ,every one this job (Cpd) need to get right with God ,because we never know when we are going to meet our maker.This is a young man that touched everyones heart and with the short time on the job ,he was loved. We need to put aside our differences and unite as one and take our streets back.We need to show these punks ,that we mean business,and we are taking you in.It saddens me that the revs ,politicians and the Mayor arent here to comment on a fine officer that was doing the right thing. My prayers are with you family and may God continue to walk with you ,until you meet Tom again. —— Dorothy Stutzke — 05/21/2010

  • It is always a tragedy when we lose a brother officer. When the officer is trying to help his community aside from his police duties – the entire community suffers. The family and community has my thoughts and prayers. —— Dorothy Stutzke — 05/21/2010

  • Thoughts and prayers to your family and friends Officer Thomas Wortham. You were a true hero to Chicago P.D. and to your Country that you both served under. —— Rick Berlin Marinette County Sheriff — 05/21/2010

  • I served with Thomas’s dad in the 003rd Dist. long ago and extend my thoughts and prayers for this brave young officer. —— Rich Dixon — 05/21/2010

  • MY CONDOLENCES AND MANY PRAYERS ARE EXTENDED TO THE WORTHAM FAMILY ON THE LOSS OF YOUR SON OFFICER THOMS E. WORTHAM IV , WE WILL CONSTANTLY BE KEEP YOU IN OUR PRAYERS NOW AND FOREVER MORE. LOVE, PEACE, AND BLESSINGS —— EVANG. DORLA HILL-BUTTS (CHATHAM RESIDENT) — 05/21/2010

  • As an instructor, I remember Wortham as a recruit in the academy. He was professional, on the training, and focus on completing it. He was a great guy dedicated to his family, country, and city. Gob bless him and his family. —— Anonymous — 05/21/2010

  • I had the honor and priviledge of meeting Tom this past weekend in Washington DC. He drove w/ another 007th district officer to honor my brother! Just as Tom always remembered my brother, I will forever remember Tom. They are now walking Heaven’s beat together! It is amazing how one person can make such an impact in one’s life by sharing just one day together! My sincere condolecense to the Wortham family as I know exactly what you are going through. I have been praying for the same strength that God has given my family to get you through this tragedy! Friday, May 14, 2010 will forever stay in my memory. We got caught in a huge thunderstorm near the White House and we were all soaked to the bone and running like crazy for cover! We finally found shelter inside a McDonald’s but we were freezing in there since the A/C was turned on!! It was such a funny moment… you had to be there! On Saturday May 15, after the memorial and in front of the State Capitol, Tom gave my mother the patch he carried overseas in rememberance of my brother! We shall cherish that patch forever. Thank you Officer Wortham for the service you provided to the City of Chicago and for serving your country! May you rest in eternal peace. —— Brenda Valadez (sister of Alex Valadez EOW 01Jun09) — 05/21/2010

  • This tragedy is all too common in today’s world. It is especially saddening knowing that Officer Wortham was able to survive the war zone in Iraq as a soldier only to be gunned down by worthless scum in his own country. May you and your family have peace. —— D. Wallace — 05/21/2010

  • Met Tom this year at CPD memoral run, invited him to come to the NYPD memoral run on May 16 which he did, Tom and about 8 NYPD guys hung out that sun mon and tues, we showed him around NY and the boys had a great time. The president of tthe PD running club Tom Biggers informed me about Toms death on thursday, I was absoulty heartbroken, could not believe it. Although we did know him for long he was just the finest men you could meet. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. The NYPD will be attending the service. —— Kevin Healy NYPD ret. — 05/21/2010

  • When I heard the news of a Chicago Police Officer killed; it brought tears to my eyes. This Officer served two tours of duty in Iraq and then is killed by some ‘good for nothing’ who isn’t fit to shine this brave man’s shoes! His family (along with his Police family) are in my thoughts and my prayers. God Bless all Police Officers for the often thankless job that they do. Most of us are grateful for their dedication and service to all or us. —— Anonymous — 05/21/2010

  • I had the pleasure of going through the academy with Tom. He was an amazing man,and an amazing leader but more importantly an ever better friend. You knew if you needed anything he would be there to guide you. He gave his all to his country and city, and was a true hero. I want to thank his parents for raising such an incredible man and sharing him with us. His life was cut way too short, but I have faith justice will prevail. A piece of 07-3’s heart was taken from us and can never be replaced. I will miss you Tom, but you will never be forgotten, and your legacy will carry on through the ages. You certainley left your fingerprint on this world and it is a better place because of it. Thank you Tom. RIP my brother in blue, we’ve got the tour from here. —— Ofc. Michelle Maxwell-Moody — 05/21/2010

  • When you look up the word “hero,” a picture of Tom Wortham should be next to the entry. Tom was an outstanding individual. He served his country honorably, and returned home to serve the community in which he lived. Another great person who was taken from us all too early. I had the pleasure of knowing Tom when he first entered the Academy, and again when he returned from his second tour in Iraq. We can all but pray that this madness on our streets ends, so that wonderful people like Tom and the other victims of these senseless violent crimes can live in peace. RIP Tom, God bless you and your family. Your tour of duty is over down here, we’ll take it from here. —— Capt. Ronald Pontecore- 025 — 05/21/2010

  • You are a true American hero. God bless you and keep you. —— Steven Murphy — 05/21/2010

  • With gratitude for a life well lived in service of others and deep sadness at such a great, senseless loss. Deepest condolences to all that knew and loved him.—— Toni Bielech — 05/21/2010

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and love ones of Officer Thomas Wortham IV. My God bless you all. —— Sgt. Timohty Moore — 05/21/2010

  • May God have him in his glory. I pray for the sustence of his family’s souls. May God Bless them and keep them strong to come pass this tragic event. —— Maria Rodriguez — 05/21/2010

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