Wednesday, November 21, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley expressed sympathy for slain Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez, who was fatally shot on Nov. 19, when a gunman opened fire inside of Mercy Hospital in Chicago, killing Jimenez and two hospital staff members — including the gunman’s former fiancé, a doctor at Mercy. The gunman was also killed.
“[Jimenez] did what all of us do on a daily basis,” said Talley while wearing a mourning band during a regular board meeting on Nov. 20. “He heard a call, it wasn’t his call, went into the hospital and he was slain by a suspect involved in a domestic violence incident.”
Talley then lauded the hospital’s director for taking proactive measures that the Maywood chief said ultimately prevented more lives from being lost.
“It’s important that we be proactive,” Talley said. “I’m familiar with the director of the hospital. She was proactive enough and I think she trained up her staff and that is why there weren’t more incidents of death that occurred at that institution. But its reflective on what causes people to become police officers.”
Talley then directed two of Maywood’s newest police officers, Donna Herrera and Janette Santoya, along with Officer Kyle Rice, to the front of the council chambers for a pomp and circumstance recognition.
Herrera and Santoya, both full-time probationary officers, recently completed their academy training while Rice was promoted to sergeant. All three were sworn-in by Maywood Board of Fire and Police Commissioner Gloria Clay. VFP
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