September 2014 Officer of the Month – P.O. John Pigott
On 4 November 2012, Chicago police officer John Pigott and his partner Brian Luce were working Violence Reduction Initiative in a high crime area of the city’s west side. While on patrol they were approached by an Illinois state trooper who asked for assistance. The Trooper was searching for an offender who had stolen a vehicle, violated an order of protection and abducted his one-year-old child.
Officer Pigott and his partner observed the subject sitting in the wanted vehicle in the restaurant parking lot and approached with caution being made aware that the subject was recently released from Illinois Penitentiary. As Officer Pigott approached the vehicle, the subject became agitated and accelerated towards him. Officer Pigott drew his service weapon and was then struck by the vehicle throwing him onto the hood of the car. Officer Pigott held on as the offender raced and swerved the vehicle, attempting to throw him from the car. Officer Pigott fired his weapon striking the offender twice. The offender crashed into a concrete pillar. Officer Pigott was thrown to the pavement, which caused serious injuries and several broken bones. The abducted child was recovered uninjured and the offender was taken into custody, treated for his injuries and charged accordingly. Police Officer John Pigott has undergone three surgeries to date and is awaiting a fourth for injuries that occurred during the incident.
Officer Pigott served his country for four years in the United States Navy aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower during Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He joined the Chicago Police Department on 04 November 1996. During his career, he worked in the 10th district, 9th district, Government Security Unit, and the Public Transportation Section. John is happily married to Dawn, his wife of 18 years and the proud father of four children, John Jr. (12) Hannah (12) Molly (10) and Michael (6).