With longevity and seniority, common sense and respect should follow…
Working beat 1722 for a while, I got to know certain people on the beat and repeat callers. One caller happened to be the daughter of a man suffering with Alzheimers. A couple of times a month, he would wander away causing great anxiety in his daughter, his sole care-giver. After my first contact with the missing person, I realized that he happened to be a retired Chicago Police Officer. After returning him home one afternoon, I stayed down on the job and drove to the closest hospital. I requested and received a plastic informational bracelet that they place on patients entering surgery. With his name, address and phone number on it, I drove back to his house and the daughter gratefully secured it on his wrist. When the next time came that he was on the loose again, if I could locate him I would quickly notify the daughter because I now had her phone number. I would then place my missing person in the front seat of the squad car and “go on patrol.” On occasion, if the radio was quiet, I would take my new partner to Dunkin Donuts for a reminder cup. After he got a taste of “policing”, I would return him to his loving daughter. Having explained where we went she was elated to see the huge smile on his face. Then and there I realized that some of the more important things in life are small and that our time should be used wisely, and not only spent on law breakers.
January 2, 2017 at 1:33 pm
What a wonderful story! True Policing at it’s best. Thank you for your service all those years. Happy New Year. Kathi Stack
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November 13, 2017 at 11:37 am
This one struck my heart, I thank you…you jogged his mind to his Happy days..
March 12, 2021 at 6:19 am