I was born and raised on the southeast side of the city, South Chicago and Hegewisch. I currently reside in the Beverly neighborhood with my wife, Maureen.
I joined the Chicago Police Department on 03 January 1977 and was assigned to the 010th District from 1977 to 1984. I then transferred to the 012th District where I worked on the tact team from 1984 to 1994. I was promoted to sergeant and worked in the 005th District from 1994 to 1998. In 1998, I made lieutenant and was assigned to the 002nd District and the 004th District until 2001. I was appointed Inspector in March of that year and remained in that position (Unit 126) until my retirement in March of 2008.
I was shot in the line of duty on 27 September 1985 while working as a tact man in 012. On that day, I responded to a domestic dispute of a “man with a gun” in the Abla Homes housing project at 1410 W. 14th Street on the seventh floor. The offender was threatening his family with the weapon. During a struggle with the offender, I was shot in the left abdomen. My partner and another officer on the scene shot and killed this individual.
Following the incident, I was off work and IOD for 11 months. Thankfully, I was able to return to duty with no real ill affects from the shooting.