On Being a Cop: Father & Son Police Tales from the Streets of Chicago

On Being a Cop: Father & Son Police Tales from the Streets of Chicago

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On Being a Cop: Father & Son Police Tales from the Streets of Chicago by Jim Padar, James W PADAR

Ever Wonder What It’s Like to Be a Cop?

Father and son, Jim and Jay Padar, know well what it’s like. Both have served as Chicago police officers with over fifty years of combined experience between them.

On Being a Cop describe the adrenaline-pumping, heart-pounding moments of their life-and-death experiences fighting crime, the emotional toll that the job takes upon them and their families, the value of a support system that includes chaplains, partners, and the public, and the moments that make doing the job all worthwhile.

Fifty-three stories capture every aspect of a police career from being a rookie to working the graveyard shift, chasing criminals, playing fireman, visiting the morgue, and investigating heinous crimes. Whether it’s Jim dealing with riots in Chicago’s streets following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination or Jay coping with the loss of officer’s close to him to suicide, readers will experience the tears, tragedies, and triumphs of being a police officer. In these pages, wrongs will be righted, lives saved, hearts broken, and friends, family, fatherhood, and faith will give these men the strength to go out and do it all over again the next day.

So climb into the blue and white squad car, buckle your seatbelt, and see life on the streets of Chicago from a cop’s eyes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483513157
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 12/02/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 316
File size: 506 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

A Cop, a Baby, and the Future By Jim 13

Shootout at the High Rollers Pool Hall… By Jim 15

Do You Want to Be My Mommy? By Jim 25

You Can Never Go Back By Jim 29

Glad to Be Back (Email) By Jay & Jim 31

A Head Is Highly Portable By Jim 35

Accidental Cop By Jim 43

Cops Don't Cry By Jim 47

The Encounter By Jay 51

But It's Not Our Job! By Jim 55

Bennigan's By Jay 67

A Police Family By Jay 69

The Police Test Emails By Jim, Jay & Tim 73

Faith, Hope, and Charity By Jim 77

We Have an Officer Shot… By Jim 79

Christmas Mass with the Police By Jim 83

Little Blue Canaries By Jay 87

I Hate Fires By Jim 89

Two Kids Playing Fireman By Jay 97

Lunchbox, Nerf Football, By Jay 101

and My Spelling Book… The Giant By Jay 105

The Lakefront By Jay 107

The Chill By Jim 111

In Memory of… By Jim 113

Mike By Jim 117

On the Fence By Jay 127

What Scares Cops? By Jim 131

Have No Fear, the Police Are Here… By Jay 137

Morgue, a Verb By Jim 143

Roller Coasters, Skydiving, By Jay and Bee Stings… 143

Accidental Murder By Jim 147

The Green By Jay 157

The King Riots-the First Day By Jim 159

Do You Hear What I Hear? By Jay 171

Rocco By Jim 173

A Run for the Border By Jim & Jay 177

Looking at the Face of Death… By Jim 181

It's All in a Name By Jay 187

The Dummy:

Part I The Investigation By Jim 189

Part II The Trial and Epilogue By Jim 207

CTA Sniper! By Jim 221

Shoot! Shoot Now! By Jim 231

The Dream By Jay 235

Janitors in a Drum:

Part I-The Crime Scene By Jim 239

Part II-The Investigation By Jim 251

Why Now? Why Here? By Jay 261

Thusly, a Scuffle Ensued… By Jim 263

"You Saved My Baby!" By Jim 271

Back on Home Turf By Jay 281

The Wrong Guy By Jim 285

7:00 a.m.? By Jay 299

Lights, Sirens, and Angels By Jim 301

My New Partner… If Only for a Moment By Jim & Jay 309

End Notes By Jim 313

About the Authors 315

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On Being a Cop: Father & Son Police Tales from the Streets of Chicago 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Tyler_TichelaarTT More than 1 year ago
New Father and Son Cop Book Reveals the Hearts Beneath the Uniforms At a time when television and movies are full of police stories, a father and son have come forth to present a real-life personal look into the lives of police officers. Far more than any episode of Cops can do in thirty minutes, Jim and Jay Padar’s new book On Being a Cop brings us into the heart of a police family, showing not only the job that these brave men (and women) daily perform on the streets of Chicago, but also the relationships that police officers have with their families and their coworkers. We expect action, drama, grisly murders, and high-speed chases from a cop book, but we might not expect the tales of officers struggling with their personal lives, the hardships that the job brings to their families, the interrupted Christmases and missed birthday parties, the need not to think about your own children while investigating the murder of a child, or what it is like to lose a fellow officer in the line of duty or to suicide. Walking a fine line between the sensational and the sentimental, On Being a Cop provides a balanced look at all aspects of a cop’s career and life. Author Jim Padar had a long career as a police officer beginning in the 1960s. He writes about such incidents as the riots in Chicago following Martin Luther King’s assassination as well numerous homicide investigations he was involved with and his relationships with his partners and coworkers. His son Jay shares his own stories of both humorous and dangerous incidents, including emails to family and friends and their responses. In fact, the book began as a series of emails exchanged between father and son in which they started telling their stories of working Chicago’s streets, and in time those stories were compiled into this book. A wide range of stories fill this book, from a shooting at a commuter train to corpses found in barrels in a restaurant, and from rescuing people and parakeets from burning buildings to investigations that lead from Chicago to New York and Puerto Rico. In fact, there is so much variety among these stories that the interest and pace never lags. As Jay writes at the beginning of his story, “7 a.m.?”: “Senators, Naked Gays, Schizophrenic Homeless, and a Polish Sausage. How do you tie that together in a short story? It’s easy...for a cop.” And with the exception of a couple of two-part longer stories, most of the stories are short and can be read individually and in any order. It is hard for me to decide whether I have a favorite story in this book. It might be the story of Uncle Rocco, a small-time criminal who turns out to be the authors’ relative, or perhaps it’s the story of how Jim found his second wife with a little help from Jay, when he was only four years old. I loved the police humor, the jokes between officers to keep the stress and horror of their jobs at a distance, and I loved when I was so caught up in the story that I had to keep reading to see how an investigation would turn out and who would be revealed to be the true criminal. But perhaps most of all, I loved when a member of the public took the time to tell an officer to be careful or simply to say, “Thank you.” While there is plenty of sadness over the tragedies that these men have witnessed, there is also a lot of humor, and a great deal of their hearts and souls is revealed as they talk about their feelings for their families, their fellow officers, and why they continue to do a job for which they often get little thanks or appreciation. On Being a Cop makes you realize that police officers are human beings; that they have chosen a dangerous but rewarding job, and that they deserve respect, understanding, and most of all, admiration for the jobs they do every day.