Today is a sad day for the Chicago Police Department.
This morning, a 27-year-old officer was shot twice in a drive-by shooting on the South Side.
The 3-year veteran is in extremely critical condition with a bullet lodged in his head.
I went to Stroger Hospital a few hours after the shooting. I found dozens of officers keeping vigil for their wounded brother.
One officer approached me. He wouldn't provide his name, but he did give me his story. He was a 20-year veteran of the force and he had been shot at numerous times, but fortunately he was never wounded. He said that everyday people don't understand just how dangerous it is to be a police officer, especially on the streets of Chicago.
Before he walked away, he asked me if I would ever consider being an officer. I told him no way. Why?
Being a police officer is a heavy burden that comes with little recognition. Dealing with death and criminals is a difficult job. Yet no one is more important to a community than a good cop. I'm not sure I'd be up to the task.
What about you?
Do you have what it takes to be a Chicago Police officer?