I grew up in the Pilsen neighborhood on 18th and Wood Streets. Shortly after graduating from high school, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After a 4 year tour, which included a year in Iraq during the invasion, I returned home. I held down several jobs before deciding to take the Chicago Police entrance exam. I successfully completed the exam and began my training at the Academy on April 16, 2010.
Near the end of my training, I was returning home one day after working in the 006th District. While driving on the Stevenson Expressway, I happened to witness an accident. A woman lost control of her car after another driver suddenly merged into her lane. The victim’s car hit the cement wall, but managed to pull off the expressway and into the emergency lane. I immediately called 911, reported the accident, parked my car and got out to check the well being of all parties involved. The female victim was shaken, but indicated that she wasn’t hurt. Sometime during this exchange, I was struck from behind by another vehicle on the expressway.
An ambulance arrived and I was taken to Stroger hospital with a head injury. I lost consciousness due to a skull fracture and loss of blood and it was not until I was assessed at the hospital that the severity of my condition was known. I spent the next three weeks surrounded by family, friends and colleagues. My recovery was slow, but after much patience, determination and the support of loved ones, I made a complete recovery.
I was IOD for some time, but returned to work in April of 2011. I was assigned to details on Michigan Avenue and the Red and Green lines. These assignments have enabled me to acquire a lot of great experience. I am currently assigned to the 010th District where I am learning a great deal from veteran officers while patrolling the neighborhood and responding to calls.