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019th District – Sergeant Hagarty – Leading by Example
4 Sep 2015

A quote posted on social media, Facebook…

“Rachel Mitchell – So today I saw something that made my day. This Chicago Police officer was sitting at a window seat at Chipotle, outside the window he saw a homeless man digging through the trash. The cop knocked on the window, getting the homeless man’s attention. Through the glass he asked the man if he was hungry. The man nodded yes, and the cop motioned for him to come inside. The cop told him to set what belongings he had next to him and told him to order what he wanted because he would pay for it. They stood in line together and at the end the cop paid for the man’s meal. A simple hand shake was exchanged between them and they parted ways like it was no big deal. Touched my heart so much, with all the (crap) police are getting these days it reminds me there’s so much more good out there than anyone ever wants to give credit. If everyone did something simple like this every day the world would be a better place.”


So… we spoke to a 019th District Town Hall Sergeant, B. Hagarty who has 35 years on the job, is a lifelong Chicagoan, working as a Sector Sergeant on the day shift. We asked him if he knew he was in a story on social media. He reluctantly said yes, a few friends had sent him the photos. He was not aware that someone had captured the moment, a break in his day as he was finishing his lunch, while at work just yesterday. He didn’t know the written story that had been posted on Facebook and re-posted by the Country Music Station Big 95.5 Chicago. We read the story posted originally by Rachel Mitchell to the Sergeant. He said yes, that’s exactly what happened…

He was at the Chipotle , 1025 W. Belmont, eating by himself. He saw a young man “dumpster diving” so he motioned for him to come in. He then reluctantly said, you know the rest.  He did not think he had done anything out of the ordinary. He did not want to brag about what he had done.  As he walked out a young lady approached him and told him that he had made her day. Sergeant Hagarty said thank you and walked out. Sergeant Hagarty thinks that might be who posted his pics on fb. If that is you…thank you…Sergeant Hagarty will retire before the end of the year and will be missed.

Sergeant Hagarty we thank you for leading the Chicago Police Department by example.


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