Lord, when it's time to go inside that place of steel and stone, I pray that you will keep me safe, So I won't walk alone. Help me on my rounds, Among those perilous places, And slamming steel doors sound. God, Keep my fellow officers well and free from harm, Above all when I walk the beat, No matter where I roam let me get back to whence I came, to my family and home.
CO ARMOUR RUNNING FOR AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY LETTER
Posted On: Jul 23, 2017
My name is Dereck Armour and I work at SHCU. This year I am running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October and I will be running with the American Cancer Society team. I am running for a good friend, and fellow officer, Kyle Melvin. From day one of the Department of Correction’s Training Academy you are told of a brotherhood amongst officers and how you must always have each other’s back and help each other when it is needed. I learned of that brotherhood soon after starting my career at the Shattuck Hospital Correctional Unit. I was in the graduating class 312 and Kyle Melvin was a graduate of 313. Before meeting at the Shattuck we have never met. During one of Kyle’s first 11x7 shifts we were talking about past jobs, where we were from, and where we lived now, standard getting to know each other stuff. Come to find out we both lived in the same city, Quincy. We decided that we would meet up one day and grab some beers. From that day we became good friends in and out of work. About six to seven months later we were at the gym and he was telling me how he was having pain in stomach and wasn’t sure what it was. This pain lingered for a while and then one day he decided to get it checked out. After having a number of tests taken, doctors had diagnosed him with colon cancer. Immediately, Shattuck officers and MCOFU worked to help Kyle out. The amount of support was overwhelming. The officers came together and volunteered their time to work for free and cover all of Kyle’s shifts for several months so he would continue to receive a paycheck. A calendar was placed in our roll call room and within 24 hours over two months of Kyle’s work schedule was already full. It was remarkable. This was when Kyle and I really understood the sense of comradery and brotherhood amongst us officers. Kyle has since beaten cancer and he remains cancer free to this day. Being able to run for the American Cancer Society gives me a great sense of pride, as I can run for my friend, and fellow Correction Officer. If you would like to donate to a great cause and help me reach my goal of raising $1500 you can here: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/runtofindacure