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Ill. Cop Fired for Living Outside City Limits for 15 Years

January 10, 2012  | 

The city of Chicago has fired Marvin Ditkowsky, an 87-year-old Department of Aviation police officer at O'Hare Airport, for violating the city's residency ordinance—for the past 15 years.

In August, a Chicago Sun-Times reporter found Ditkowsky living in Norridge, just across the street from Chicago's city limits. He was fired after refusing to move.

Comments (13)

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954cop @ 1/10/2012 6:56 PM

Wow! Good job by the department and reporter! NOT! Shame on you. I hope reporter will lose his job very soon too.

Mark A. Brooks @ 1/10/2012 7:03 PM

Put a tag on that reporter's a**!

Lee @ 1/10/2012 7:05 PM

That reporter is an a$$hole. This is a little ridiculous as well.

Laura @ 1/10/2012 8:10 PM

Years ago I knew an officer that maintained a tiny apartment with in the town he had to reside in as a officer and the house next to mine where his family lived about 20 miles away. The county I worked for had a rule as to how far outside the country you were allowed to live. I've since retired and moved out of the county!

Marvin @ 1/10/2012 8:26 PM

87 and still working as a cop? That has to be some kind of record.

Bob@Az. @ 1/10/2012 8:47 PM

Who in the H---- runs that "Department"? Did the City fire him or his agency? I sure hope the other Officers there take a good hard look at the kind of support they'll recieve if they don't follow the book verbatim. 87 years old. Wonderful. I wouldn't move either.

bpd3733 @ 1/10/2012 9:33 PM

Sounds like the same kind of bosses that want to crack down on lemonade stands.

cap manuel... @ 1/10/2012 9:40 PM

whoever was responsible for verifiying his place of residence should be fired also if it was not discorvered for 15 yrs...if they dont ...leave him alone..... 87 and he still got gut enuf to say hell naw... i salute him... needs to rehired and back pay applied....!!!chicago..what else can one say..the city that works ...on bs

gp cobb @ 1/10/2012 11:34 PM

Ditto: cap manuel: America Wept.

jj @ 1/11/2012 6:04 AM

The real story is that he lived there when the hired him in 1996. I see a grievance or lawsuit following this.

Brian @ 1/11/2012 7:36 AM

first of all, what kind of value can an 87 year old provide? Secondly, follow the rules or suffer the consequences, it's pretty simple. Don;t want to follow the rules, there are plenty trying to get jobs who will. bye grandpa.

John @ 1/11/2012 1:42 PM

How close to retirement was he? At 15 years, and being 87 years old, he had to be relatively close...I'm sure there are some beancounter politics involved in some of this...

Dustin @ 1/11/2012 8:42 PM

Sounds like there is more to this story than is printed. Doubt this just came out of the thin air....

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