Sgt. William Walsh (center, rear) with (left to right) daughter Labreea, wife Zeeland, daughter Natia, and Alderman Davis in the Council Chamber anteroom at City Hall.
Alderman Davis Honors MPD Hero
Prior to to the July 7, 2009 regular meeting of the Common Council at City Hall, Alderman Davis presented a Common Council commendation to Sgt. William Walsh (District Four day shift) for his brave actions taken June 21, 2009 which led to the arrests of three suspects in a gun incident.
On June 21 Sgt. Walsh was at home playing a video game with his daughter when he heard gunfire on the street outside. He looked out his window and saw three men, and one of the men was firing a handgun into the air.
Still wearing his flip-flops, Sgt. Walsh grabbed his police identification badge, walked outside and started pursuing the three suspects from a distance. A citizen let Sgt. Walsh borrow his cell phone to call for officers to respond to assist. The three men didn’t notice the sergeant until they approached Lancaster School, 4931 N. 68th St., where children were playing basketball on the playground.
Sgt. Walsh positioned himself to keep others out of danger and called out to the suspects and identified himself as a police officer. With the assistance provided by Sgt. Walsh, other police officers responded and arrested the three men without anyone getting hurt, and all three suspects were expected to be charged with recklessly endangering safety.
Alderman Davis said: "Sergeant Walsh knows what duty truly is, and he knows that police officers are never off duty when it comes to protecting their fellow citizens, their neighborhood, and their city. His courage and his sense of duty are to be recognized and commended, and on behalf of the citizens of our great city, I recognize and thank you."