Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'


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Contents


Partners in peril

A STORY IN FOUR PARTS:

‘Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' us are suffering'


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Postcard-perfect inns of past still have a Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' spot in America

Confederate flag still can draw blood

Killings steal rural innocence

On a frigid dawn, a baby is found dead at a church’s front door

Commuter train wreck still haunts a survivor

Revolution, revelry and Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' rags

Sad, short and perplexing life of a whiz kid

Gone but not forgotten

Losing Estelle

His blood runs coal

Town’s фокус on ball, not Sept. 11

The homecoming of Pfc. Lynch

Rites honor something found in death of Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' student

God’s soldier works the gang battlefield

‘End of the road’ gets taste of fear

Anti-terror work revitalizes Los Alamos

Stylish woman goes in style

A vacancy, and a void, on Main Street

Memorial Day Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' opens wounds

Sailors recall WWII nightmare

Farmers reap politics as well as wheat

Sept. 11 emotions pour out anew

In showstorm’s wake, city’s cold heart melts

Accounting’s bloodhounds in demand

Adieu, adieu Renoir

Muslims find welcoming Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' home on the range

A grim end to a golden life

Angel won’t let slain boy be forgotten

The bard of the blues

The coming of the anti-Berkeley

With Big John, comfortable rock not a hard Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' place

Children take charge in Bud Billiken parade

A childhood spent waiting

Mary Cassatt makes a new impression

At school’s assembly, tragedy hits home

Shifting away from summer and back into the grind

For coal plant Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' workers, rewards come with risks

God was this con-artist’s cover

Shooting provides another grim reminder

Mom wrestles with patriotism, grief

To us, a Grabowski in Saints clothing

Doctor follows higher calling all the way to Africa

Grandfather’s Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' хэнд lifts boy from urban tragedy

Musician took twisted road to FBI’s ‘most wanted’ list

Defense: Evidence coerced in cop’s death

Back in the air

Town waits, prays for a lost Marine

No Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' family but many tears for stillborn

Neighbors relieved Gacy dig is over

Pressures of college life can be deadly

A hero cop’s final hours

High-speed train passes rail test

After 25 years in U.S., Hmong still Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' feel isolated

Community denounces violence, mourns teen

Illiniwek controversy gets personal

Indiana steel generations see way of life melt away

Following their dream to Chicago

Blazing a trail through Lost Chicago

Drum still beating for men’s movement

Ceriale case was Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' trial by fire

Mullen faces man who shot, paralyzed him

Back porches face new scrutiny

A New Year’s mystery deepens

Veterans breathe life into war tales

Statue still closed to visitors

Bearing witness, saying goodbye

‘We are Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' not free’

Undercurrent of unease on the Mississippi

Time-lapse torment

A dirty job, but they do it

Mystery gone, but not disbelief

One family rejoices in Thanksgiving homecoming

Teen girl’s slaying entangled in politics

For down Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'-home voter appeal, find a good nickname

Parents in forefront of this graduation

In moment of fury, family is shattered

Small town looking at art for economics’ sake

Small Southern town feeling the absence Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' of 150

City tries to pump up its crews down under

Shredding industry refuses to be trashed

A fuller view of a genius painter

School tries to soften world’s hard edges

Book spurs gullible with image of Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' largesse

Developers give up on cemetery homes

Chicago’s cops must learn fast during slow times

Reward dispute keeps tragedy alive

Marines return to open arms

Patriotism rises above all else

Chicago’s Picasso hits the Big Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' Three-Oh

For Mullen, it’s peace at last

Tiny Muddy resists move to stamp out town’s post office

More visitors heed the call of patriotism

City of New Orelans rolls on despite tragedy

Elegy for Flight 5191

Straight and Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' smooth

Sgt. McDonald’s long ride home

Officers gathered cash, then his thoughts

Of safe-deposit boxes and secrets

The man in the wheelchair

Inertia and the Storm 5024

Imagine that: kids writing


Partners in peril

On graduation day Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering', Michael ceriale and Joe Ferenzi

realized their dream of becoming police officers.

But their partnership would not last.

^ A STORY IN FOUR PARTS





Part 1

‘WELCOME TO THE DEUCE’

Two young men, Michael Ceriale Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' and Joe Ferenzi, met in the Police Academy, became friends and partners, then saw their lives change forever one fateful night on patrol in the 2nd District--the Deuce. This Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' is their story, reconstructed from interviews and records.


^ By Robert L. Kaiser

Tribune Staff Writer


They crouched among gnarled trees in the dark, their eyes trained on the entrance of 4101 S. Federal St., a tattered high Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'-rise in the Robert Taylor Homes.

The expressway moaned with traffic.

Not so long ago, Chicago Police Officers Joe Ferenzi and Mike Ceriale sat in assigned seats together at the Police Academy Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'. Now they hid among litter, dead leaves and discarded tires, trying to observe a drug operation run by the Gangster Disciples street gang.

Ferenzi and Ceriale were rookies doing the dicey work of Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' plainclothes cops, making a foray into drug surveillance with little training to guide them. At the academy they had learned how to handcuff suspects and how to use commas Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' when writing reports, they had sweated together through pushups in the summer heat, and they had been fitted one autumn afternoon for bulletproof vests.

"One of you will be involved in a shooting Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'," an instructor had told them."Keep in mind it's not if, it's when."

But nobody had taught them how to hide on Chicago's most dangerous streets. Less than a year Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' after graduating from the academy--a place so structured that cadets are supposed to stay to the right in the hallways--Ferenzi and Ceriale were on their own for a Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' night, working the midnight shift, free to roam and improvise with virtually no supervision.

Hours after their shift had started, they headed for one of the city's more violent addresses, hoping Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' to make their night with an impressive arrest. But nothing in their training had prepared them for what was to come.

"On them popsicles!" one of the young men standing near the Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' breezeway of 4101 was overheard shouting, meaning: Get the guns, intruders have been spotted.

"I think they мейд us," Ceriale said calmly.

"What do you mean?" Ferenzi said.

"The guy in the orange jersey. He Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering''s pointing this way."

Ferenzi looked.

"The guy in the No. 5 jersey?"

"Yeah."

There was a flash and a hiss.

Ferenzi thought of fireworks.


Cops choose partners like themselves. It's an informal Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' process that often begins with the simple request to ride in the same car. Generally the department allows officers to select their own partners with little consideration to balancing youth and experience Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' or strengths and weaknesses.

Non-smokers usually ride with those who won't make the car reek of cigarettes. A vegetarian works with somebody whose idea of a great Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' meal isn't a hot dog at Peppe's.

Sometimes the bond goes way back. When they were 5 years old, Chicago Police Officers John Dougherty and John Knight stood shoulder-to-shoulder for Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' a kindergarten photo. Raised half a block from each other and educated at the same grade school, dirtied by the same baseball fields and stained by the same sandlots, blessed at the same Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' church and hopeless over the same girls, the two grew up to ride together in the same police car.

So close were Dougherty and Knight that they scheduled the same Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' days off and took vacations together so they wouldn't have to work with anybody else. Dougherty's six-year partnership with Knight ended when Dougherty was promoted to gang specialist. A few weeks Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' later, on Jan. 9, 1999, Knight was killed in a shootout as he was trying to question a man during a traffic stop.

Ferenzi and Ceriale grew up strangers, but they hailed Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' from parallel worlds. Both were die-hard Sox fans. Both fished the waters of the same small town in Wisconsin. Both were 26.

Rookie partners grow closer as they learn together on the job Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'. They usually must staff the least-wanted shifts--the ones abdicated by veteran cops who use seniority to work day shifts in less risky neighborhoods.

It is a blessing and a Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' curse that Chicago's toughest streets and most treacherous shifts belong to its greenest police officers. Many cops fresh out of academy are careful and deliberate. Others, out of eagerness, tenacity and idealism, are Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' inclined to take risks, to throw their lives on the line for a good traffic stop or drug arrest.

Before becoming police officers, neither Ferenzi nor Ceriale had been familiar with Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' violence--except what they saw on television. Neither was of the old breed of cop who had seen combat on a battlefield before confronting gunfire on the streets. Both had grown up relatively Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' sheltered, born into a generation with no wars to fight and raised in close-knit, white-ethnic families bound up in the seemingly old-fashioned values of faith and commitment, diligence and holiday Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' celebrations.

Ceriale, whose parents were divorced before he started school, lived with his father on the Northwest Side for four years while attending Gordon Tech, a Catholic high school Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'. The boy played football, basketball and baseball. He wrestled. He grew into a big, strapping kid, bigger than either of his parents.

He attended Harper College, in suburban Palatine, in the fall Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' of 1990. He took some criminology courses but did not get a degree. He worked as a car salesman and drove a Budweiser beer truck.

In 1993 Ceriale took the test to become a Chicago Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' police officer. While he waited for his name to come up on the waiting list for a police job, he tended bar at Marge's Pub, an Old Town neighborhood tavern.

When his name Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' came up in the spring of 1997, he quit bartending. His mother didn't relish the thought of her only child being a cop. But it was all Ceriale ever really wanted to Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' do, his father said.

Ferenzi grew up in suburban Melrose Park, where he would live with his parents and sister until becoming a police officer. Police work ran in his family. Two Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' uncles were in the department when he was growing up. One of them--veteran Calumet Area Detective John McCann--had a grandfather he never met; Chicago Police Officer William McCann Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' had been killed in 1930 responding to a burglary.

By the time Ferenzi graduated from Holy Cross High School, his boyhood dream of becoming a cop had faded. He enrolled at the University of Illinois Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' at Chicago, where he began working toward a degree in marketing. He thought he would develop advertising campaigns for a living but then settled into a job as a financial Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' planner.

But when Ferenzi heard some friends talking about taking the Police Department test, his interest was rekindled. He decided to sign up too.

About 25,000 men and women took the three-hour Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' exam in 1993. Ferenzi was one of about 8,000 who мейд the grade, and his name was put on a list of "well-qualified" candidates to be contacted at random as jobs opened up.

Ferenzi Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' liked the idea of getting away from a desk. He wanted action, unpredictability. He also liked the thought of helping people, protecting others as he would his own family, getting violent Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' criminals off the streets.

It would mean a slight pay cut from his job at Prudential Financial Planning Services, down to $33,522 a year. But when the call came he jumped at Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' the opportunity. He hadn't found work developing ad campaigns. And he didn't like financial planning as much as he had expected; it was all too low-key. Ferenzi figured he had to give Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' police work a try.


On May 5, 1997, Ferenzi walked to the end of a long hallway in the Police Academy and sat down in Room 205. It was a quiet place with brown carpet Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' and white walls. Ferenzi, short and boyish, sat behind Ceriale, peering around the tall, broad-shouldered man 7 inches taller than he. With his blue eyes, square jaw and Hollywood smile, Ceriale looked Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' as though he had been sent to the academy by Central Casting.

On the front wall of the room was a blackboard. On the back, a plaque memorializing Chicago Police Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' Officer Daniel Doffyn, a rookie killed in the line of duty in 1995. Most classrooms at the academy have at least one plaque honoring a decorated officer--or one who was killed Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' in the line of duty.

Police academy is a six-month boot camp carried out in the shadow of the city skyline on the Near West Side. Instructors don't necessarily have formal Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' teaching experience, though many do.

The khaki-clad cadets crammed into wraparound desks sat ramrod-straight. In "Patrol Procedures" they learned the 10 deadly errors of police work, chief among them, poor Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' search, or worse yet, no search. There's even a term for valuing nerve over self-preservation: tombstone courage.

Ferenzi and Ceriale each filled a notebook with practice reports they had been required to write Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'. A green sheet listed commonly misspelled words--from "abate" to "zigzag." They received 10 hours of instruction in crisis intervention, seven in crimes against persons, four in crimes against property, four Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' in police morality, three in crimes in progress, and two in fingerprinting.

They learned a little about making a drug bust, how one suspect usually holds the dope while another holds the money Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'.

And they received three hours on surveillance. That lesson is supposed to continue on the job or, for those who become narcotics officers, in follow-up classes taken after graduation. So brief was Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' the introduction that Ferenzi later would think back to his academy days and be unable to recall that they had touched on the subject at all.

It was a crisp day Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' in autumn when they were fitted for their bulletproof vests. Company representatives came bearing tape measures--as if, Ferenzi thought, they were outfitting the cadets for tuxedos.

A man wrapped Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' a tape measure around Ceriale's chest and stomach. He stretched a tape measure down Ceriale from shoulder to belt. Each time, the man blurted out the measurement to a woman with a notepad Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering', who wrote the numbers down.

Ferenzi opted for an upgrade from the standard city-issued model--made by Second Chance Body Armor Inc. A protective vest is about the only piece of equipment Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' a police officer doesn't have to buy for himself. Ferenzi decided to pay an extra $500 from his own pocket for a thicker model with a special titanium "trauma plate" to Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' better absorb the impact of a bullet.

Ceriale settled for the standard model.


They passed Friday nights after academy at Ira's, a dingy police bar in the 1100 block of West Madison Street Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'.

Ira's is marked by an Old Style Beer sign out front, a 50-cents-a-game pool table lit by a Budweiser lamp and bumper stickers on the wall that read Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering', "Proud to be a Union Sheet Metal Worker," and, "If You Love Your Freedom, Thank a Vet." A Confederate flag hangs inconspicuously on the wall near the back door. A life Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'-size stuffed pig wears a Chicago Police cap and has a gun strapped to its right-front leg.

Though the bar doesn't serve breakfast, it opens at 7 a.m., in Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' part to accommodate cops on every shift. Most of the patrons are white men, and they come in all ages, shapes, sizes and ranks, talking, laughing, cursing and draining beer after beer and leaving Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' the empty bottles to stand in mute congregation on the heavy wooden tables.

At Ira's, Ferenzi and Ceriale considered their days in the academy as a first step to becoming the Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' cops they wanted to be: Tough but fair. Compassionate but never naive. They dreamed of good homicides--where the body still was warm and the trail still was hot and the Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' killer might be just around the corner. Arrests like that get awards.

Sometimes, like when they were force-fed elementary grammar, they thought they were wasting their time at the academy. It was Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' easier to pay attention when they were learning the difference between cocaine and heroin, between the drug dealers on the street and the money handlers nearby.

Graduation, at Navy Pier, came on a Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' bright fall day in October 1997. Someone snapped a picture of them, both beaming, Ferenzi looking over Ceriale's shoulder.

Supt. Matt Rodriguez spoke, then the newly sworn officers pinned the Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' badges onto each other's formal blue jackets. Ferenzi got Star No. 11967, Ceriale, No. 17429.

They were detailed to different areas of the city to serve out their obligatory probationary periods. Ceriale went Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' to the 13th District, near where he grew up in Ukrainian Village, and was disappointed there wasn't more to do. Ferenzi went to the 9th, a diverse district that included Comiskey Park Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering', and had as much as he could handle.

Six months later, Ferenzi and Ceriale learned that they had both been assigned to the 2nd District, also known as Wentworth but Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' nicknamed the Deuce. They would be transferred there in April.


Every rookie had heard about the Deuce, a notorious tangle of housing projects, vacant lots and squat, faded businesses with bars on the doors Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'. It has one of the highest crime rates in the city. Through April this year, Wentworth had 13 homicides, which was third among Chicago's 25 districts; 41 sexual assaults; and 363 robberies.

Ferenzi was nervous Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering', but he was also excited. He wrote a memo asking to work midnights so he and Ceriale could share the same shift--one that would put them under the command Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' of Lt. Michael Byrne, a boss they had heard good things about in the academy.

They quickly мейд an impression on other officers in the Wentworth District. Lt. Virginia Drozd, a watch Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' commander, noticed how quiet and polite Ceriale was. He always sat or stood near the wall farthest from the door in roll call--near the back corner of the big, stark-white Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' room. He was laid-back and easygoing, with the people skills of a seasoned bartender.

By contrast Ferenzi was intense and fidgety and sometimes seemed lost inside himself. He rocked in his Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' chair. He swung his feet.

Though Ceriale was a few months younger than Ferenzi, most thought he was older. But it was obvious they had one important trait in common: Both were eager Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' and craved all the perverse action the Wentworth District had to offer.

Officer Gerrardo Teneyuque, who had been in the department a year and a half, met Ferenzi in roll call on the rookie Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering''s first day in the district: April 30, 1998. They rode together that night.

Two hours and six minutes into the shift, Ferenzi got a taste of Wentworth on his inaugural visit to Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' the red brick, 16-story high-rise at 4101 S. Federal St.

Responding in uniform to a domestic disturbance at about 1:30 a.m., Ferenzi and Teneyuque climbed the steps to the sixth floor, where they Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' could hear people screaming in an apartment. Ferenzi, inside a housing project for the first time, stood speechless. Cockroaches skittered across the walls.

A woman accused a man of beating her Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'. She signed a complaint and he was charged with battery. Down at the car, Ferenzi opened the back door for Teneyuque so he could usher the suspect into the back seat Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'. Suddenly there were two quick pops and the cacophony of shattering glass as the rear window of the squad car blew apart.

"They're shooting at us," Teneyuque shouted.

Ferenzi felt his heart Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' lurch.

He yanked open the front door and dived for cover, landing inside on his stomach, his 5-foot-7-inch frame stretched full-length across the front seat.

For a second Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' the waffled bottoms of Ferenzi's shiny new police boots waved at the building. Then he unlocked the driver's door, shoved it open and squirmed, tumbling out the far side of the car Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'.

Nobody had been hit.

Ferenzi's heart raced. He looked at his watch. Two hours into his first shift. Maybe I could transfer, he thought.

"Welcome to the Deuce," Drozd greeted Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' Ferenzi when he returned to the station house.

"Look at you," Ferenzi recalled Ceriale telling him. "You can't stay out of trouble, can you?"

Despite the risks, the rookies began to Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' embrace their assignment to the Deuce. What better place to gain experience fast?

During Ferenzi's third day on the job, he was assigned to work with Ceriale, their first shift working together Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'. He and his partner rolled to a stop at a red light, Ferenzi behind the wheel. It was early on a Sunday, about 6 a.m. New light bathed the projects.

Facing Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' south, a single car in front of them, Ferenzi and Ceriale heard the squeal of brakes and looked across the intersection. A car headed north had skidded to a stop at the red light Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'.

When the light changed and Ferenzi drove past the car, he shouted out. The driver was sitting in the passenger seat--so he could drive with the Club still attached to Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' the steering wheel of the stolen car.

Ferenzi leaned into a U-turn. The driver of the stolen car stepped on the gas, smashed into a building, then got out and ran Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'.

Ceriale bolted after him.

Ferenzi picked up the radio.

And froze.

How could he call for help? The dispatcher would ask for their location. Ferenzi, in his third day patrolling the Wentworth Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' District, didn't have a clue where he was. Desperately he craned his neck in search of a street sign.

There! Rhodes Avenue.

By the time help arrived none was needed Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering', Ceriale had chased the suspect through a motel lobby, plucked him off a fence and put him in handcuffs. Breathing hard but smiling, he sauntered toward Ferenzi, car thief in tow.

Riding together two Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' or three shifts a week, the rookies began making a name for themselves. Returning to 4101 S. Federal helped. Ferenzi and Ceriale knew that all manner of arrests were there Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' for the making, many with surprising ease, and Ferenzi revisited the high-rise dozens of times by his own estimate, mostly for radio calls by the dispatcher, but sometimes on his own.

At Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' 4101 an enterprising rookie could write his own ticket. There was crime enough to go around, for the Chicago Housing Authority cops, the city's public housing unit, and rank-and-file police Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'. An activity sheet filled with arrests meant promotions--conviction rates didn't matter. Ambitious from the start, Ferenzi and Ceriale were following the unwritten code of the department: They were getting noticed Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' by the bosses, they were working the most demanding shifts and they were racking up arrests. Maybe someday those arrests would add up to something. They had their sights set on detective. To Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' Ferenzi, that was what being a police officer was all about. No more responding to the same domestic call day after day. You're solving a puzzle. You're finally putting criminals away Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'.

After a brief stint working days with a different partner, Ceriale switched back to midnights. It's a shift dominated by rookies. Of the more than 60 cops now working midnights in the Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' Wentworth District, only six have more than 10 years of experience. Twenty have more than five years. The rest--more than half--have fewer than two.

Ferenzi and Ceriale grabbed at the Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' chance to work in plain clothes, driving around in what is called a CD, or civilian dress car. In a CD car, you have to respond to felonies in progress Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'--shootings, robberies, rapes. But you don't have to chase burglar alarms or worry about lots of routine paperwork. It's good experience, a great way to make arrests and sample the life of a Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' tactical or narcotics officer. You set your own pace, follow your own instincts.

In Wentworth you had to have a year of experience to work a CD car. But the year Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' included six months in the academy and six months probation. By Aug. 13, 1998, Ferenzi had done CD duty about ten times, three or four of them with Ceriale. That night Ferenzi Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' had ducked into Byrne's office, asking the lieutenant for a CD car on the following night.

Byrne had the schedule in front of him. He liked Ferenzi and Ceriale--the "Dago car," he called Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' them--liked their ambition and ability, which in his view мейд up for their lack of experience and training. Sending them into the South Side in an unmarked car would be reward Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' for good work.

Byrne said if a car was available that would be fine.

"You guys gonna get some arrests?" Byrne asked.

Ferenzi grinned. Driving an unmarked Форд with your partner 10 months Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' out of the academy: What could beat that?

At 3 a.m. Ferenzi returned to the station house to see if the schedule had been posted. It was pressed under clear Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' plastic on the counter.

293/CD

M. Ceriale


J. Ferenzi


Chicago Tribune, Sunday, August 15, 1999

Partners in peril

^ A STORY IN FOUR PARTS


Part 2

'MAN, WE ARE THE REAL POLICE'

Rookie partners Michael Ceriale and Joe Ferenzi roamed Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' the night in an unmarked car, eager to make an arrest and a reputation in the notorious 2nd District--the Deuce. Nothing would turn out as they had planned.


^ By Robert L. Kaiser

Tribune Staff Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' Writer


Joe Ferenzi pulled a black T-shirt on over his protective vest and cinched his wide, black police belt tight around his waist. He pulled his gun out of his backpack and put Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' it in the holster. It was a 9 mm Sig Sauer P228--black and silver with a 13-shot magazine--never fired on the job. He had chosen it while at the academy because Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' it felt good in his хэнд.

Ferenzi checked out a radio from a storage room near the front desk. He grabbed a laptop computer. He got the keys to Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' the unmarked car he and his rookie partner, Michael Ceriale, would be driving.

Then he saw Ceriale.

The big cop grinned ear to ear. His hair still was wet. His face was freshly Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' shaved. Under his gray T-shirt, Ceriale wore a St. Christopher medal on a thin gold chain.

"Man, I overslept," Ceriale said.

"That's OK. It's only the weekend," Ferenzi Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' replied facetiously. "We shouldn't be busy."

They hit the road about midnight, Ferenzi at the wheel of their Форд Crown Victoria, which had been designated a CD, or civilian dress car. Tonight they would Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' be free to roam the streets of the troubled Wentworth District.

Working in plain clothes, Ferenzi and Ceriale--along with every other young patrol cop eager to make arrests Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering', get experience and win a promotion--would be doing the work of seasoned officers. The police union suggests that a cop have at least five years of experience before joining a plainclothes Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' tactical team. Ceriale and Ferenzi had been in the department 15 months, including six months as cadets.

Their boss, Lt. Michael Byrne, had every confidence in the two rookies. Neither Ferenzi nor Ceriale had worked Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' in the Wentworth District more than four months. But the way Byrne saw it, the Deuce, as Wentworth was known, provided more experience in four months than many officers get Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' in years on the job.

Ferenzi and Ceriale had asked to work midnights partly because of Byrne. Word had it he was a good boss, with an impressive resume.

Byrne took an interest in Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' Ferenzi and Ceriale, giving them good assignments and engaging them in friendly banter that often started with jabs about each other's ethnic heritage.

In contrast to the rookies, Byrne had been in Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' the department for two decades, having worked in the narcotics, gangs and organized crime units.

He had transferred to the Wentworth District a little over a year ago.

Byrne Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering''s career had taken him through some of the city's toughest neighborhoods, where he was known as a street-smart cop, whose aggressive tactics were sometimes called into question.

Byrne shrugs off Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' the handful of lawsuits filed against him.

"If you put yourself out there working fast areas and doing lots of police work, you're going to get complaints," he says.

Byrne thought Ferenzi and Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' Ceriale had just the right mind-set. They wouldn't drive around chatting and killing time.

As they rode in the big silver Форд, Car 293, Ferenzi felt good.

"Man, we are the Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' real police," he said.

They settled on a simple formula. If they scored a good arrest that night, maybe they could lock into a CD car whenever they wanted Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'.

"Half that stuff's luck, though. You just gotta be in the right place at the right time," Ceriale said.

The car purred along State Street in the dark, rumbling over bumps Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' and manholes. Up ahead were Miracle Food and Liquor and Harold's Chicken Shack No. 9. To the left, row after row of high-rises of the Robert Taylor Homes and Stateway Gardens glided past Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' like tombstones.

The Crown Victoria was brand-new and smelled good. You could push back the seat as far as you wanted because there was no cage between the front and Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' the back. It was a clear summer sky, what you could see of it above the glow of the city.

"Maybe we'll get a homicide tonight," Ferenzi said.

The night unfolded slowly Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' until the police radio crackled with news of a shooting near 43rd and State Streets.

Ferenzi mashed the accelerator with his size 9 boot and headed north. The orange globes of street lamps Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' flew toward them.

A crowd had gathered by the time they reached the scene of the shooting yards away from an Amoco station. Paramedics had arrived ahead of Ferenzi and Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' Ceriale.

The victim, a man in his 40s, hung half out of a Chevy, his legs inside, his head and shoulders and arms splayed onto the pavement. Paramedics lifted the man out of the Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' brown four-door car. He had been shot at least three times. There was blood on the seat of his car, a bullet hole through the headrest. A bullet was lodged in his Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' spine, but he was lucid. He told paramedics he couldn't move his legs. They put him in the ambulance.

Ferenzi was unmoved. Though he hadn't seen anyone dead of a Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' gunshot wound until he started working as a police officer, by now he had seen more than a few, the first one, when he was a probationary police officer working in Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' the 9th District. It had been autumn then. A man lay dead at the northwest corner of 51st and Wood Streets.

His training officer took Ferenzi for a look. There was a heavyset Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' teenager sprawled on the sidewalk, eyes wide open, killed moments before in a gang-related drive-by shooting. There was a hole right in the center of his forehead Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' but there wasn't much blood. The wound didn't even look real. Officers had left folded cards along the street like tiny, white tents to mark where bullet casings had fallen.

Ferenzi stared Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering', speechless. But that had been months ago.

At the Amoco station, Ferenzi and Ceriale helped with crowd control, chatted with other officers on the scene and soon left. They headed back to the Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' projects, still looking for the arrest that would make their night.

"You wanna stop at 4101?" Ferenzi asked.

The building at 4101 S. Federal St. is a high-rise in the CHA's Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' Robert Taylor Homes whose violence the rookies knew well. Less than four months ago, Ferenzi had been shot at there by a sniper after responding to a domestic dispute. But Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' its brazen drug trade мейд it an opportune place to pull down an arrest. About two months earlier, Ferenzi and Ceriale had arrested a 16-year-old just outside the building for possession of Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' heroin.

Ferenzi punched the car north along State Street toward 4101.

Though some big-city police departments have rigid guidelines for officers working in plain clothes--they work in teams with a supervisor and stay Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' in touch on the radio--Chicago's have a great deal of autonomy. Ferenzi and Ceriale did not use the radio to tell anyone where they were going. They arranged for Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' no backup. In a CD car, they were not required to.

Ferenzi passed Root Street, then leaned into a U-turn so he could park along State Street facing south. He Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' and Ceriale walked southwest away from Loeb Equipment Supply Co. and its boxy, brown facade, talking in hushed tones.

They turned west on Root and walked along the sidewalk past a Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' dark playground. Then they trudged up a shallow incline into a tangled stand of trees and scrubby undergrowth and turned to the north.

It wasn't unusual for cops working the Robert Taylor Homes to Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' use this as a stakeout. Some--including two officers from third watch with whom Ferenzi and Ceriale each had worked on occasion--even used it during the day. With Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' a little luck, a cop might observe a drug deal, sneak across Root Street, sidle along the high rise and surprise a suspected dealer. A Class X felony, just like that.

Crouching less Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' than 10 feet apart in the dark, Ferenzi to Ceriale's left, the two cops peered across Root Street at 4101. They saw some young men near the breezeway. It was about 3:30 a Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998.


For Ferenzi the perils and possibilities of working in the Wentworth District always seemed to come back to this one building, a red Chicago Housing Authority high-rise with a graffiti-tagged Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' breezeway. Sixteen stories high with 10 apartments on each floor, 4101 served as a drug market for the Gangster Disciples.

That night, like almost every night, the Disciples were hawking cocaine and heroin Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' out of the building, according to prosecutors. And they armed themselves with guns, many supplied by Ezra Evans, a 27-year-old South Side man with a pockmarked face.

Evans was Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' an unemployed high school graduate with a spotty work history and three children. He had a criminal record that included a theft conviction and was on probation for a year for taking $895 out of the Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' cash drawer at University National Bank while working as a teller.

Prosecutors say he had another problem: He owed the Gangster Disciples money for cocaine.

When gang members learned Evans Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' had a Firearm Owner's Identification Card, they suggested he work off the debt by buying them guns. Evans complied, buying 13 guns between August 1997 and July 1998 and turning them over to a gang Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' member called Kojak.

One of the guns, bought Dec. 28, 1997, at Chuck's Gun Shop in Riverdale, was a Smith & Wesson, six-shot, .357 Magnum revolver with a four-inch barrel and a blue-steel Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' finish, prosecutors say. In the industry the gun is known as a "man-stopper" because it can fire a longer-than-usual round with more power and range.

As Ferenzi and Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' Ceriale crouched in the trees conducting surveillance of the building at 4101, prosecutors say, a suspected drug dealer named Rob Brandt stationed inside the building was finishing up his 2 a.m. to 4 a Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'.m. shift.

Brandt would later tell police in a written statement that his job was to hide the drugs if intruders were spotted, and about 20 minutes before quitting time, lookouts for the Gangster Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' Disciples noticed movement in the trees.

A member of the gang's "outside security" detail alerted gang members inside the building to grab their guns:

"On them popsicles!" he called out.

Two Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' armed gang members--one with the .357 Magnum from Chuck's and the other with a 9 mm--emerged from the building's front door, according to Brandt's statement.

"I Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' think they мейд us," Ceriale said as a gangly young man walked in their direction.

"What do you mean?"

"The guy in the orange jersey. He's pointing this way."

"The guy in the Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' No. 5 jersey?"

"Yeah."

The two gunmen walked toward Ferenzi and Ceriale. The one with the .357 raised his gun.

Ferenzi saw a flash.

A bullet fired from a .357 can travel up to 1,350 feet Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' per second--faster than the speed of sound. This one seared at least 50 feet in less than a heartbeat.

With a muffled thup, it tore into Ceriale.

The bullet had a Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' copper jacket and a core of lead. It opened a half-inch hole in the lower left abdomen just below the protective vest, flattening as it burrowed down below the pubic bone toward Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' the hip.

Part of the copper tip wore away to expose a bit of the lead core.

Ferenzi looked at Ceriale on the ground, figuring at first that his partner had hit Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' the dirt because Ceriale thought the fireworks were gunshots. He remembered the following exchange:

"Call an ambulance, I'm shot," Ceriale said, curled up writhing.

"What?" Ferenzi said.

"Call an ambulance Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'. They shot me," Ceriale repeated.

The blood rushed hot behind Ferenzi's face. He dropped to a crouch beside his partner and took his radio off his belt.

"293, emergency," he said Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering', referring to their car number.

"I have a police officer shot at 4101 S. Federal St.," Ferenzi said, his voice uneven and squeaky. "We need an ambulance immediately."

Had something caught the light? Had one Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' of them moved? Not that Ferenzi could remember. They hadn't learned much at the academy about surveillance, and Ferenzi and Ceriale hadn't had that much time on the Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' streets to pick up the fine points.

The police dispatcher notified the fire dispatcher. The fire dispatcher turned to the computer to notify the firehouse at the corner of 40th Street and Dearborn Avenue Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'.


Upstairs in the Engine 16 firehouse, 27-year-old paramedic Billy Sotos sat down on the edge of his bed.

Sotos was tired. It had been a busy night. He and his Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' partner, Al Batiz, had just returned from a run to Cook County Hospital, where they had taken the shooting victim from the Amoco station. Sotos hadn't noticed Ferenzi and Ceriale working Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' crowd control there earlier.

Sotos began to remove his shoes when the firehouse alarm rang. The radio blared: "Gunshot victim at 31 W. Root St."

He rose from the bed, forgetting his exhaustion.

Sotos pulled on Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' his bulletproof vest and went downstairs and climbed into the ambulance alongside Batiz. The engine still was warm. He turned the ignition and began to drive.

Ceriale wondered what was Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' taking the paramedics so long.

"Where the hell are they?" he grumbled as he lay on his back. "Are they taking the ----ing bus?"

The night had grown strangely quiet. The figures at the Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' building had disappeared.

Ceriale was sweating and cursing now. He couldn't feel his leg.

Sirens wailed as police cars descended from every direction.

"You're a jinx," Ceriale told Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' his partner.

Hearing police arrive, Ferenzi shone his flashlight so they could find their way.

Ceriale said he thought the wound was in his leg. Ferenzi studied his jeans in the dark Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' and saw no blood. He breathed a sigh of relief. Maybe it's not too bad.

Then he saw the dark spot on Ceriale's T-shirt. With their palms Ferenzi and Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' another officer pressed the shirt against the wound to stanch the flow of blood.

"I can't feel my leg," Ceriale said again.

Some of the arriving officers stood over him Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'. One of them had planned to play basketball with him come Sunday. Ceriale's face was contorted in pain, but he was conscious. He told them about the shooting. Ferenzi retraced their final steps.

When Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' Sotos and Batiz reached Ceriale, about 20 feet back from the sidewalk, the cops surrounding him backed away. One of them had taken Ceriale's gun--standard procedure when a Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' cop goes down.

Only a week earlier Ceriale had told his father he never had been happier; he was doing what he loved. Now Sotos was shoving a heavy gauze dressing against his abdomen to Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' stop the bleeding. The gauze soaked through red almost immediately. Cops were helping paramedics lift the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Ceriale onto a backboard.

Though Ceriale was alert he didn't say anything Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' as the paramedics put him on the stretcher.

Sotos looked at the bloody wound just below Ceriale's vest and thought: That's a one-in-a-million shot.

"What's your Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' name?" Sotos asked as he carried the foot of the stretcher.

"Mike Ceriale."

"When's your birthday?"

"January 21."

To gauge whether Ceriale was conscious and alert, Sotos continued asking questions Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'. Ceriale looked tired. He told the paramedics everything hurt. His back. His stomach.

Lt. Virginia Drozd, the watch commander who had rushed to the scene, caught Ceriale's gaze as paramedics carried the stretcher Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' past and smiled wanly.

"Hi," she said softly, waving.

Across town Lt. Byrne blinked awake in his bed. His blue eyes bore into the dark, wondering what had broken his Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' slumber.

Byrne couldn't sleep. Restless, he walked to the car to check his pager. It was filled with "911" messages. He called the station and was told Ceriale had been shot. He was seriously wounded Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'. Byrne threw on some clothes and raced to district headquarters.

At the scene of the shooting, Sotos, sweat shining on his forehead, looked down at Ceriale. "I'm going Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' to start an IV on you, Michael," he said.

He grabbed Ceriale's left arm.

Ceriale grabbed Sotos' left arm.

"Don't let me go," the cop said, his face gray.

"You're Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' not going anywhere," Sotos said.

Right before the ambulance left, Ferenzi climbed inside.

Ceriale turned his head and looked silently at his partner.

"You're gonna be all right," Ferenzi said.

Ferenzi Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering' got out and watched anxiously as the ambulance turned the corner and disappeared.

"Is Cook County a good place to take him?" Ferenzi asked Drozd nervously.

"It's a good place," she said Welcome to the Deuce’; 'Man, we are the real police'; 'You’ve fought long enough'; 'All of us are suffering'. "They get a lot of gunshot wounds there."


^ Chicago Tribune, Monday, August 16, 1999



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