Only Ones risking their lives

Two Chicago PD officers risk their lives to help evacuate residents of an apartment building which caught fire.

Two alert Chicago police officers prevented a tragedy early Monday morning when they spied smoke and flames in the Pilsen neighborhood and helped dozens of residents vacate three buildings that eventually were consumed by fire, officials said.

“They risk[ed] their own lives to save them,” said Monroe District Lt. Deborah Izzo, referring to officers Laura Agin and Michael Daliege who saw the fire in the 1500 block of West 18th Street shortly before 1:40 a.m. and immediately ran into one of the buildings and began rousing residents.

Congratulations to Laura Agin and Michael Daliege – it takes an extremely brave (and possibly crazy) person to run into a burning building, but these two officers are a credit to their uniform and police across the nation.  I guess it’s a good thing that those “Only Ones” were on hand – because it looks like cops were the only ones risking their lives to help evacuate residents in that fire.


  1. Funny how it makes the papers when they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing in the first place. Maybe our LEO community needs to look at these two and remind themselves about that whole “protect and serve” thing. These two officers, needless to say, remember what their job is all about.

  2. It’s a little more complicated than that, Justin – while this is partially intended as a “counterpoint” or balance to David’s constant negative portrayal of American Law Enforcement (hence the title) the real goal with this and future posts along these lines are to highlight the fact that most cops are folk like you and me, doing an often thankless job.

  3. I’m sorry, does anyone know anybody who would look at a smoking apartment building with no firetrucks around and say “hmm, oh well” and keep going?

    A building in my complex caught fire July 4, and a lady walking her dog did the exact same thing these officers did. I just fail to see how being police officers makes them particulary heroic in this instance.

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