Seven disabled cops who live outside Chicago
By TIM NOVAK AND CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporters July 15, 2012 10:22AM
Samirah Day (middle) is a former Chicago cop who is on disability leave. She also is a lawyer in Tennessee. She is pictured here at an event with the John Marshall Law School, which she attended.
Updated: October 3, 2012 3:18PM
These seven Chicago police officers on disability leave live outside Chicago and hold other jobs. If they ever were called back to work, they would have to move back to the city or be in violation of the city’s residency requirement.
MICHAEL R. ANDERSON, 59, of Annandale, Va.Start date:
Aug. 1, 1971
Date of injury: March 30, 1978
Injury: Broke his left hip, right leg, left arm and suffered other injuries when his squad car was struck by a stolen vehicle that ran a red light at 35th and Archer.
Salary when injured: $19,236 a year
Disability payments: $53,485 annually, more than $825,000 so far
Status: Has been on disability longer than any other Chicago cop. Works as an “investigator special agent” for an inspector general’s office.
SAMIRAH DAY, 49, Start date:
of Jackson, Tenn.
Start date:Nov. 18, 1991
Date of injury: July 1, 1992
Injury: While chasing a car thief at 75th and Essex, climbed an eight-foot-high fence and fell, breaking her left leg and tearing an anterior cruciate ligament.
Salary when injured: $31,308
Disability payments: $50,224 annually, more than $660,000 so far
Status: While on disability, graduated from John Marshall Law School in 2000 and is now an attorney in Tennessee. Asked if she could work as a lawyer for the city of Chicago, Day said, “I don’t think it should be up to you to determine where I work.”
GEORGE M. DOVIN, 44, of Odessa, Fla.Start date:
Aug. 14, 2000
Date of injury: March 27, 2001
Injury: Shot in the left thigh while chasing a drug suspect at the Robert Taylor Homes.
Salary when injured: $33,522
Disability payments: $46,807 annually, more than $400,000 so far
Status: Can fire a weapon and walk, but his chiropractor told the pension board that Dovin can never return to duty because of “ligament/nerve/muscle damage.” Lives near Tampa, Fla., where he owns Dovin & Associates, a security company specializing in bodyguard services.
MARK SEVERINO, 60, Start date:
of Lake Havasu, Ariz.
Start date:March 9, 1987
Date of injury: Sept. 4, 2000
Injury: Hurt right shoulder and neck, including suffering a herniated disc, while trying to handcuff a suspect.
Salary when injured: $48,810
Disability payments: $50,224 annually, and more than $475,000 so far
Status: Permanently unable to perform any police duties, according to a report from his doctor two years ago. Is an online gun dealer operating under the name “Guns-A-Rockin” from his home.
CHARLES T. SIEDLECKI, 57, of LaPorte, Ind.Start date:
Feb. 1, 1982
Date of injury: Sept. 19, 1992
Injury: Fell on left shoulder while chasing teenagers along railroad tracks in the 2600 block of West 105th Street.
Salary when injured: $39,696
Disability payments: $51,672 annually, more than $715,000 so far
Status: While on disability, graduated from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law in 1997. He and his wife moved to Indiana after she retired as a Chicago police officer. His doctor says he’s incapable of “safely discharging a firearm” — though he is a big-game hunter.
DANIEL TOVO, 62, Start date:
Start date:April 4, 1977
Date of injury: May 10, 1984
Injury: While holding a ladder for a firefighter at 75th and Cottage Grove, cut his lower left leg when a pane of glass fell, leaving him with nerve damage.
Salary when injured: $23,838
Disability payments: $51,678 annually, more than $830,000 so far
Status: Elected mayor of Monee three years ago. A city pension fund doctor reported two years ago that Tovo couldn’t sit for more than 30 minutes or walk without a cane — though Tovo didn’t use a cane when he presided over a village board meeting on May 9 and sat in his chair for more than an hour. He did use a cane when he showed up at the police pension fund offices on May 29 to begin applying for his pension. He also used a cane when he attended a village board meeting on June 13, days after the Sun-Times left him messages to talk about his disability.
ROBERT ZADROZNY, 48, Start date:
of Munster, Ind.
Start date:July 5, 1994
Date of injury: Jan. 8, 1995
Injury: Scaled an eight-foot fence and fell on his right wrist while chasing a theft suspect at Cicero and Harrison.
Salary when injured: $32,862
Disability payments: $48,434 annually, more than $590,000 so far
Status: Underwent a surgical “fusion” of his right wrist, losing all mobility and the ability to shoot a handgun. Has been working as a construction laborer. “I didn’t tell them to put me on disability,” Zadrozny said. “As long as we’re not working for the city, we can make as much as we want.”