Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tribute To Marciea Adkins, Chicago Police Dispatcher

Today, Shortwave America learned more about Police Dispatcher Marciea Adkins and more about her death via SCC quoting Assistant Illinois State's Attorney Costello who says that young Mr. Harrison who killed this fine, hard working human being, wife and mother, committed his crime by way of the following facts:

 Quoted word for word:
"Harrison drank vodka, smoked marijuana and took ecstasy before he stole a car and crashed into a 911 police dispatcher, killing her as he tried to elude officers Preliminary tests showed that Marquis Harrison’s blood-alcohol level was .186. Minutes before Adkins was hit, Harrison stole the Range Rover while the 45-year-old owner of the SUV fed a parking meter box on North Michigan Avenue The motorist had left the Range Rover running when Harrison, who told police he drank and took drugs at a party, jumped in, Costello said. Harrison was previously sentenced to probation as a juvenile for two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle in Kane County, Costello said.

He is an honors student at Urban Prep Charter Academy and plays football and basketball, assistant public defender Preston Collins said."

With these horrific details out of the way, we now know that Mrs. Adkins was a dispatcher on CPD Zone 1 as PD61 on the 1st Watch covering CPD's 16th and 17th districts on 460.475Mhz. (PL107.2)

Details about Marciea's final services:
Wake Wednesay: St Josephat Church 2311 N Southport 3-9pm
Funeral Thursday: viewing 9 to 10 and Mass @ 10

To close this out, Shortwave America would like to give a voice to those on Zone 1 by quoting PD41 on 2nd Watch and a few others from Zone 1 who knew her.

"RIP Marciea.

As I walked past you each morning at shift change, you greeted me in your gangsta voice .."morning , keep up da good work protectin my hood". I would thank you for doing the same on 1st watch, for keeping my home and family safe in 016.

We did what we could to get you help that tragic morning, but God called you home.

As my parnter and I stood solemly as were escorted out of the ambulance, I could hear you saying..."morning ladies, you are my bestie friends in the whole wide world". Marciea...YOU were the BESTIE fried to all of us at OEMC!

You will be missed and in our hearts forever.

2nd Watch PD41"



"Marcia was 1st watch on Zone 1. She relieved us every night by coming up from roll call with a joke and a smile on her face. She
was MJ's partner. She was a bright spot in the day for all of us who work in a place without many bright spots. She will be remembered for the happy and gleeful person she was. Will will all miss her greatly. So sad."

"I was talking to her brother Mark just last week, reminiscing the old days where we all grew up.
If you grew up in South Deering, it wasn't the same place it is today. It was a tough, blue collar neighborhood that had it's share of problems like any other. The challenges were many but so were the opportunities if you had spirit. The steel mills were in full swing and there were many good families that struggled to make a better life for themselves.

The same could be said for growing up in the Trumbull Park Homes. Marci came from there and was always good natured, good humored and always quick with her wit and her lovely smile. She was a scrappy young lady that grew into a beautiful woman in so many ways. Marci's spirit embodied the goodness that overcomes adversity and allows the human spirit to float like the wind and brush the cheek of many as it blows ever so gently past.

I remember her spirit when she worked at Service Merchandise in the East Side Plaza. I knew that once you spoke to Marci, no matter how bad a day you could be having, Marci's twinkle in her eye and demeanor would snap you out of it. The world will be a little duller and a not as bright a place without her in it. My condolences to her husband and the entire Tighe and Adkins family. In my mind's eye, her Irish eyes will always be smiling.
Carlos Medina. #055 "

"All cars stand by for a moment. We changin' voices on the zone." - Anonymous

Marciea L. Adkins, nee Tighe, 42 yrs., suddenly July 10, 2011, beloved wife of William J. (CFD); loving and devoted mother of Gillian; fond sister of Michael (Leslie), Margaret (Tony), Mary (Richard) Boyle, Maureen and Mark; dearest aunt of Kristopher and Lauren. Visitation at St. Josaphat Church, 2311 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 on Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday from 9 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to Chicago Patrolman Federal Credit Union, 1407 W. Washington Ave., Chicago, IL 60607, Attn: Marciea Adkins Fund. 800-326-8814. Funeral Info: Ewald-Barlock Funeral Home 773-549-0098

Credit to the Second City 911 Blog for the information!

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