Wounded Police Officer Expresses Gratitude

Remarks purportedly written by Ofc. Del Pearson were posted to the Second City Cop website

Monday, Apr 2, 2012  |  Updated 9:09 PM CDT
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Paris Sadler, of the 8400 block of South Kingston Avenue, is charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the shooting of Officer Del Pearson. Person, 47, was shot in the upper body at about 10:45 p.m. Monday while chasing a man, allegedly Sadler, in the 8400 block of South Kingston Avenue.
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In an online post, Chicago police officer Del Pearson expressed gratitude to his colleagues, police leadership and the medical team that saved his life.

"We've all formed opinions about coworkers and bosses on this job but its times like this that you genuinely learn the heart of people. I certainly have," read remarks, purportedly written by Pearson, that were posted to the Second City Cop website.

He wrote about his fight to stay conscious while being rushed to the hospital after being shot two weeks ago, and he had high praise for his boss, police Supt. Garry McCarthy, for the way McCarthy treated him and his family.

Pearson was released from the hospital a week ago. He'll still need another surgery to remove the bullet that's still lodged near his spine but expect Pearson to make a full recovery. It'll be months before Pearson is well enough to return to work.

A 20-year-old Chicago man, Paris Sadler, is being held in jail in connection with the shooting. Another man, Paris Fortune, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon. Fortune has prior felony convictions and was not allowed to own firearms.

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