I am the proud mother of P.O. Densey J.Cole II who was responding to a call in the 022 Dist. on May27,2009 which resulted in him becoming a quadrapalegic. He owned his own home in Bevelry. In the 1st three years after his accident and living in an apartment, the city was having contractors look over his home in order to make it a home to accomadate his needs. During all that time he was making the monthly payment on the home. The city then tells him they won't put the money into the home, that he needs to sell it. As we all know the year that P.O.Cole bought his home the market was at an all time high. When it came time to sell it, the home got sold for exactly what was owned and real estate fee to the agent and broker. He also then had to put all of his furniture into storage where it still remains for nearly 3 years at the rate of $200.00 per month...
...For as long as I live I will never forget Chairman Edward Burke coming to Christ Hospital the day of the accident. After discussing Densey's condition he told me that he built Jim Mullen's house and would do the same for Densey so I should not worry. The city takes care of their own. Well heres the bomb shell. My son is being evicted July 8th,2015 Wed because the city has not paid the utilities and the apt. complex has been fighting with them for the past 2 years. The city was signing 6 month leases, but apparently not reading them. Densey since this past May 20, 2015 has had 2 surgeries and now has 8 days to pack, find a place to live. I retired from this job with 22 years, his Dad retired with 29 years. My son went to work just like you guys and gals do, God forbid if it happens to you. I have contacted the FOP, the Committee of Finance, The Police Memorial Foundation, Alderman Burke to no avail.I am begging each and every one of you for help for my son. He unfortunately will not be the only officer that this will happen to because of the type of job we did/do. He nor his family are not asking for anything more than what anyone should get in this situation and that is a right to live his life with dignity. The clock is ticking. I am asking you all to step forward and do the right thing and be a strong voice for my son and any future officers who may need this help. This is a disgrace that we cannot allow to happen, a 44 quadrapalegic CPD officer who had 17 years on the job. He woke up, got dressed, went to roll call, took a job and has never know a day of peace yet. (Densey Cole's mother, Louise, via SCC)
Over thirty years ago, my father was involved in a traffic accident on New Year's Eve. A drunk driver ran a red light and plowed into him. My dad was thrown from his vehicle. His injuries were severe. He became a quadriplegic. He spent 13 months in various hospitals, including the Veterans Administration Hospital at Hines.
Months before his release, the V.A. assessed my parents home to make it accommodating for my father's needs. The home was a typical 1950's Chicago raised ranch. Within a month they told my mother what needed to be done. The V.A. paid to have the front porch stairs widened, an elevator attached to the porch, and a doorway to make access easier from one room to another via wheel chair. All work was done in less than two months. Time from evaluation to completion was less than three months.
The city of Chicago took three years to determine whether officer Cole's home could be adapted? Three years?
The city tells him to move to an apartment in Oak Brook Terrace. There were no homes, condos, or apartments in Chicago that could accommodate or be retrofitted to accommodate Cole? Not one? There were no new homes or condos being built that could be redesigned to accommodate him?
Three years is a ridiculous amount of time to spend on a very simple issue. Cole had to rent an apartment and pay his mortgage while the city diddled, fiddled, and failed for three years.
What experts with no expertise did the city employ?
The V.A. took three months to resolve my fathers issue, from evaluation to completed project. This was in the early 1980s, before technology and design innovations created better methods of construction and building rehabilitation for handicapped people.
If you are wondering why the city is in poor shape, this is a perfect example. City employees or contractors were paid for three years to solve a problem that any decent private contractor could have solved in weeks. Their solution? Move him to the burbs. Out of sight, out of mind.
Officer Cole now faces eviction because of a misunderstanding over who was to pay his utility bills. The bills total almost $20 thousand dollars. The city was paying the bills until two years ago. Then they stopped. They claim he is responsible.
What kind of city are we living in? What kind of poltroons, macaroons, and mamalukes does the city hire to make evaluations? Where does the city find these ne'er do wells? The families and friends of politicians?
Densey Cole was catastrophically injured while performing his duties as a Chicago Police Officer. He served and protected the citizens of this city. This city forced him to sell his home because after three years of incompetence they realized it could not accommodate a quadriplegic. They moved him to the suburbs. They forced him into an apartment. The city is the lessee. Now, they refuse to pay the utilities and Cole is the victim of eviction proceedings.
Densey Cole served and protected the city of Chicago. He was serving and protecting the city the night his squad car crashed. He was catastrophically injured serving and protecting the city. How does the city repay him? They use bungling people to supposedly assist him with housing needs. They take three years to evaluate then make a boneheaded recommendation.
Densey Cole is the victim of a city that does not work. He is a victim of the Chicago Way. A nefarious system that hires incapable unqualified people that negatively impact the lives of others.
It is past time this situation is rectified. Unfortunately, the city is only getting worse. It might take ten years to solve Cole's issues. There are no talented, intelligent, or competent people working for the city of Chicago, except for the marginally talented designers of bicycle lanes.
It is a pity and a shame. A man who devoted his life to serving the public is the victim of ungrateful bungling bureaucrats.
What is worse? The city defends its bungling and bunglers. That truly is the Chicago Way.
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