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Benefit Held for Officer Paralyzed In the Line of Duty

Benefit Held for Officer Paralyzed In the Line of Duty

Densey Cole II is surrounded by friends and family, including mom Louise (right), at Sunday's benefit. (Jean Lachat/AP)

Chicago Sun-Times via YellowBrix

October 04, 2010

CHICAGO – Officer Densey Cole II remembers all too well the night his neck was broken in a car accident as he rushed to the scene of a burglary:

The brazen callousness of the passers-by who on May 27, 2009, exacerbated Cole’s spinal injury by rolling his body as he lay trapped in his police SUV. Stealing his gun and wallet, they left Cole a quadriplegic.

But the 17-year-veteran was all smiles Sunday as more than 1,000 friends and fellow officers honored him at a benefit in south suburban Merrionette Park.

“As I was lying there, I just hoped I’d live to see my kids again,” the father of two girls said at the fund-raiser at 115 Bourbon Street. “I’m just happy to be alive and to see all my friends again.”

One of the alleged robbers, Rasaan Shannon, has been charged with strong-arm robbery, disarming a peace officer and unlawful use of a weapon.

Cole, who worked in the Morgan Park District, has been rehabilitating in the west suburbs and has regained some movement in all of his limbs.

His fellow officers Marikay O’Brien and Monica Ortiz organized the benefit to help him with expenses, including adapting his home in Beverly for wheelchair use.

“It’s a dangerous job — we’ve lost three police officers in this year alone,” O’Brien said. “As a cop, you have to be able to trust that person sitting next to you in the squad car, and this benefit is part of that.”

Donations can be made at, or by checks made payable to “Densey Cole Benefit” at any branch of Archer Bank.

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    should be attempted murder! Prayers for a full and speedy recovery!

  • Herosonpatrol_max50


    over 4 years ago


    May Angels continue to watch over you officer; a miracle for sure, my heart & prayers go out to you and your lovely family. Thank you for all you have done in helping to make this world a better & safer place for us all to live & work in. I'm really not happy that this scum may only get 4 years! I would love to do the sentencing... God Bless you

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    First God Bless this officer, I pray that the progress continues. Secondly any prosecuter that would plead this guy and only give him 4 years should be disbarred

  • Snoopy_18_max50


    over 4 years ago


    God does miracles indeed!!!

  • Pic-0246_max50


    over 4 years ago


    it was a good benifit and a good turn out. they said if the guy pleas out he might only do four years. talk about the wheels of justice being broke as hell

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