Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pipeline to passion: Palos Heights Tom Cody reflects on 30 years with all-cop band - Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society



Tom Cody doesn’t mind being asked what he wears under his kilt.

In fact, Cody — a piper for the all-cop band, the Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, Chicago Police Department — gets a chuckle out of it.

“I wish I had a nickel for every time somebody asked me that,” Cody said. “I’d be richer than Donald Trump, I think.”

The band, after all, is marking its 30th anniversary this month, and Cody is a founding member.

But forget the nickels. Cody’s real riches are in the friendships he has made and the public service he has performed over a lifetime, including with the band.

Cody is into his second career as a police officer, having spent 28 years with the Cook County sheriff’s police and the past 10 as a detective for the Merrionette Park Police Department.

“Since I was a little kid, I wanted to be a police officer,” Cody said. “I’m blessed. Not too many people can say they fulfilled their childhood dreams.”

Through his volunteer efforts with the pipe band, the Palos Heights resident serves his fellow officers and their families, in addition to the public. The band has played at more than 100 funeral services for law enforcement officials and firefighters.

Pressed, Cody will say it’s one of the reasons he continues to give his time to the band.

“It’s the honor, to honor our fallen police officers,” he said. “Service and camaraderie, yeah, they’re all there, too.”


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27 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've worked with Tom on the Southwest Major Crimes Task Force. A great guy, great cop and great piper. They couldn't have picked a nicer man.

Anonymous said...

THIS CRACKER ASS SHIT MAKES ME SICK. HOMOS SUCKIN ON PIPES.

I DO LIKE THOSE WOMENS THOUGH. POST THEIR DIGITS. ILL SHOW THEM HOW IT GETS DONE.

JJJr.

Anonymous said...

Tom Cody was a great Cop with the Sheriff's Police, always willing to assist any department. He's also a great bagpiper and "Ambassador" for the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. He is truly a good Man.

Anonymous said...

ANY man that wears an outfit like that and willingly puts phallic-shaped items in his mouth and then blows, sucks and tongues same items has issues that need to be addressed by professional medical personel.

Bagpipers: a semi-extravagant excuse to get together with your loser buds from work and have a few too many beers.

Aldo Raine

Anonymous said...

Great picture of:

Chief Hillbilly Walrus Whale ass
Commander Mummmbles
Sgt. Jughead
Sgt. Fatboy AKA Summer Teeth

Anonymous said...

The one in green looks like Meg Flisk!!

Anonymous said...

Tom Cody= Streets of Fire

Anonymous said...

The one on the right is do-able... need some beers, tho...

Anonymous said...

I grew up with his son Jack and I remember Mr. Cody wearing that outfit as a kid. A great guy!

Anonymous said...

The one that looks like Rosie O Donnell with a Whitney Houston hair do is Gail Newman AKA Gail the Whale!

I Voted For Obama said...

Nice story. Great picture for Spank Daddy.

Anonymous said...

How about piping all the weasel Irish Democ-RAT Thief Politicians all the fuck out of our State for Us.

Anonymous said...

Bagpipe Music causes Homosexuality.

Anonymous said...

Where da fat women at?

Anonymous said...

Nice to see a positive piece on cops

Anonymous said...

Tom was an outstanding copper and FTO with the ccspd. Definitely a policeman's policeman. Proud to have worked along side him.

Anonymous said...

Make no mistake, he isn't a Palos Heights cop, just lives there. The Palos Heights dicks love the dui's to the working man. That's police work out there.

He's a great guy. Very happy for him.

The real Aldo raine said...

Good work!

Anonymous said...

Sorry the guys a stroke...in a skirt

Anonymous said...

are those the olde frothingslosh girls?

Anonymous said...

Yesh, the one on the right is awesome. You just know she'd be up for just about anything fun.

Anonymous said...

I luv it! Gail the Whale!

Anonymous said...

Not everyone can be as badass as you super cop.

Anonymous said...

Bazinga

Anonymous said...

Tom is a Good Guy.Regularly attends our fund raisers.

SpankDaddy said...

I think I need to hire more help.

Anonymous said...

the one in pink on the right...id do her without a second thought.

The Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society is a group of police officers that play the bagpipes to honor the fallen public servants of our communities.

I know Tom Cody, he is a good man.

God Bless the Police !