A Hero In Our City

If you live on the north side you undoubtedly heard about the series of recent knife attacks, most taking place in the Edgewater neighborhood. Chicago Police arrested Luis Irizarry on Sunday with the help of Martha Ramos, who trailed him through alleys and side streets.

Other key players included a female victim that wrestled away a knife in an earlier attack, other victims that gave very detailed descriptions and dispatchers that helped to get officers to the scene quickly. Truly a team effort! One down, many more to go!

6 Comments so far

  1. Dan Telfer (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

    I lived in that neighborhood for 5 years and have many friends and even family who still live there. This was such a huge relief!


  2. j (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 8:45 pm

    Not sure what your definition of a “hero” is.. but a mere phone call to the police doesnt cut it.. Yes she did contribute, but a hero?.. I would beg to differ…. How about the two police officers who ran the guy down, confronted the slasher and ACTUALLY placed handcuffs on him?.. It was the two officers who put the puzzle pieces together and cleared the mystery slasher and SAVED many more victims. I dont think she is a hero, more of a citizen who witnessed a crime and reported it.. like any citizen should do as part of their civic duty.


  3. Bill V (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 7:39 am

    Um J, “she trailed a man from the scene of a knife attack through alleys and side streets”. She didn’t just make a phone call. She could have just made a phone call, or did nothing, but she followed this creep it sounds like for blocks until the police were able to catch up to him. If she would have just made a phone call, the police would have had very little to go on.


  4. J (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 8:55 pm

    UM,, Bill. maybe you should read the definition of a “HERO” to wit……he·ro (hîr)
    n. pl. he·roes

    A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life:

    Calling from the security of a car on your cell phone hardly constitutes a ” HERO”… since her life was never in danger. Did she help?.. ABSOLUTELY!.. BUT NOT A HERO.
    You would think that she would be a stand up person and give the real credit to the responding officers.. but no mention of them… take a minute and thank your beat officers.. its their courage and dedication that prevents your place from being burglarized…and protects your ability to walk the streets of your neighborhood.. now those officers are heroes…

    Also you should note that her appearance on the front page of the Chicago Sun Times during a run-off election for her boss is suspect.. dont you think?.. but then again this is Chicago…


  5. Bill V (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 9:37 pm

    I’m sticking to my story. I’ve not heard of a resident chasing bad guys lately, and she was the main reason this jerk is off the street, so I’ll call her a hero.

    And for the police, that would be called doing their “job”. That’s what they signed on to do, catch bad guys on occasion. Thanks to them in this case too, but the lady in the car made it happen.

    And by “beat officers”, you aren’t talking about the ones that have been in the news recently, going around and beating up regular folks, are you? Those are just the ones we know of, surely there are more.

    As far as preventing my house from being burglarized, that’s called a “burglar alarm” and a “big dog”. I’ve never, ever seen a cop walk down my block. I know some cops and they are basically good people, but they spend much more time on ticketing cars, directing traffic and taking care of domestic disputes than solving crimes and keeping my neighborhood safe.


  6. j (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

    Bill.. I respect your opinion no matter how far away from the truth you are, all Im saying is, and I dont want any more credit to those who ACTUALLY caught the guy.. but lets be fair and lets tell the public just how it happened…Furthermore, all I can say is wow.. all you can come up with is the alleged actions of one individual who is not representative of a whole department? Beat officer is a term for an officer who is assigned to a certain section of a district, but if you have to break it down like you have, well then I truly feel bad for you. You should attend your CAPS meeting and let the “beat ” officers, as you put it, just how dissatisfied you are with their service and you wont need them since you have an alarm and a big dog… another happy citizen you are. Just imagine what this city would be like without BRAVE POLICEMEN….



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