Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sneed exclusive: Shot cop Del Pearson receives gift of a lifetime from top cop Garry McCarthy

Photo: Officer Del W. Pearson holds his newly-issued police badge (with the number 6254 that was given to his father, Officer Delphys W. Pearson Jr.), at his home on the far South Side Wednesday, March 28, 2012, in Chicago. The younger Pearson's badge number was previously 16462. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

The Pearson Case ...

It’s called Chicago Police star #6254.

It also was part of the tonic enabling a critically wounded Chicago police officer, Del Pearson, to go home to his family Tuesday.

◆To wit: Top cop Garry McCarthy may snag headlines for his tireless anti-street gang work, but his quiet work behind the crime scene — especially in the case of Pearson — deserves a big hand.

◆Translation: Sneed hears McCarthy brought a special gift to Pearson, who was nearly killed March 19 when he was shot in the chest just above his bulletproof vest.

◆Star Power: Several days before Pearson’s release from Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn Wednesday, McCarthy brought Pearson his father’s old police star, which now will be his active duty star (Chicago police have stars, not badges). It was on Pearson’s arm when he left the hospital.

◆Mac Attack: “For years Pearson had been trying to get it, but the star his dad wore had been recirculated to other officers over the years and his efforts had failed,” said a source. “When the Police Superintendent (McCarthy) found out about it, he tracked it down and gave it to Pearson. It worked wonders on how he felt.”

◆Background: “My dad worked for the Chicago Police department for 29 years before he retired,” Pearson told Sneed. “We even worked in the same South Chicago district. But he died before I graduated from the police academy. I attempted to get my dad’s badge number for ten years, but it didn’t work out. It was issued to someone else.”

◆Mom to the rescue: “While I was in surgery, it was my mother who told Superintendent McCarthy about my dad and the star and the effort I had put into trying to retrieve it,” Pearson told Sneed.

◆Finale: “When Superintendent McCarthy presented it to me it was very emotional,” said Pearson. “What can I say. It was a great thing. It was just what I needed.”

◆The kicker: What goes around comes around. Sneed has learned when McCarthy was a New York police officer, he was given the great gift of his father’s NYPD shield.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well Fucking Done Gmac

Anonymous said...

Most happy that Officer Pearson is on the mend...surely, he will be left with feeling very un-easy for quite awhile from the shock of being shot and his draamatic emergency. The hope is the City goes easy on him if he returns to the CPD. Glad his Father's number came up for him..good job!!!! Supt. McCarthy did the right thing by obtaining it for him as a Chicago Gift. Hero awards too, please for the 2 CPD who drove Officer Pearson to Trinity Hospital....they were life-savers!!!

Perry F'ing Mason said...

I did not know how serious Del Pearson's gunshot was until I heard Supt. McCarthy talk about it on WLS today with Roe Conn.

It was not just a bullet that hit him over his vest - he lost a LOT of blood. I don't remember hearing anything like that on TV about the gravity of his situation.

A HUGE debt of gratitude (and recognition) should go to the Sergeant and Officer who took Pearson to the hospital in a squad car instead of waiting for an ambulance.

All three should be given some type of real recognition for their efforts, but they seem like people who would not want a medal and would just shrug it off as just doing their job.

It is good to know there are still some REAL police out there on the street and who back eachother up totally under ALL circumstances.

Anonymous said...

Do u think the person who refused to give up that star # to pearson before, might feel like shit now? She should. I know others who tried to get a family member star # that went back into circulation after a retirement and before they got on the job who were treated like shit by the person who held the star # that had no sentimental value to them. Having lost a hat with shield I know, for a fact, that it is not difficult to change your star #!!!

I Voted For Obama said...

This is a really nice story.

Anonymous said...

This is about the only good thing G-Mac has done since he has been in Chimpcongo.

Anonymous said...

G-Mac has done alot more than this. He just doesn't brag about it. Some idiot of SCC said when the shooting ocurred G-Mac just sat at the hospital and ignored everyone and the 1st deputy was good. Now what do you have to say

Anonymous said...

G-Mac is still a fucking turd. Don't let this one good notion/act shadow what a handjob he really is. Don't get me wrong - it was a GREAT tribute. Let's see if all you goofs are still singing his praises when he makes your DCs and XOs limit your time off starting now. That's right, no time due for you !!

Anonymous said...

old school Mc is best school :-)

Anonymous said...

It's bs that the it took this for the officer that had it to give it up... If anyone approached me with a story of a family members star...I would voluntary give it up.

Anonymous said...

What an awesome story. Thanks for sharing !

Anonymous said...

Whats the cunts name who had his star #

Mr. SouthSide said...

The officer that wouldn't give up the star was a north side female working in 016, which of course by definition means Starbucks-warped mind.

She wouldn't give up the star because she was using it as her PIN number. Sleep well Jefferson Park residents.

Mr. SouthSide said...

The officer that wouldn't give up the star was a north side female working in 016, which of course by definition means Starbucks-warped mind.

She wouldn't give up the star because she was using it as her PIN number. Sleep well Jefferson Park residents.

Anonymous said...

Wait, but I thought Gmac was a no good carpetbagger from New York who can do no good?

I wonder if second city cop will man up and report this story?

Anonymous said...

The PRECIOUS!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Del. I tried to get my Grandfathers Star once upon a time, and ran into a brick wall too. Glad you got your Dad's.
Stay Strong.

Retired PO who worked with your Dad & Mary.
Peace to you and Family.

Anonymous said...

Please edumacate me.

Why WOULDN'T a police officer give up the number, if the request was because the requester's father or family member once had the number.

Is there a superstition or tradition about keeping the number you were originally issued?

Not criticizing, just wondering how it works.

Anonymous said...

That's feckin class like!!! A great day for Del. when he comes back to work, he should get any unit he wants. He's more than earned it.

Anonymous said...

.....Mr. SouthSide said...
The officer that wouldn't give up the star was a north side female working in 016, which of course by definition means Starbucks-warped mind.

She wouldn't give up the star because she was using it as her PIN number. Sleep well Jefferson Park residents.

March 30, 2012 10:39 AM.....



That star is department property and was issued to her. The department can take it away any time they wish to and re-issue you another number.

So, what was the big problem???

She had no OFFICAL dibs on it!

Anonymous said...

Maybe she couldn't remember the pin without looking at her star
Explanation seems pretty reasonable to me Makes sense doen't it NOT

Jingo Jay said...

Good Job G-Mac!

Anonymous said...

He still is but with patience we will either
house break him or break his house?

Hope is alive until the sun crashes into the moon.

Anonymous said...

If you take into account she has to stand on her head to use the ATM?