Hickory cop has just about seen it all in two decades

  • Written by Kelly White

  From carrying groceries to fixing flat tires to preventing suicides, this officer has seemingly done it all.
  Hickory Hills Police Officer, Daniel McCauley, was honored for 20 years of service and that impressed his boss.
  “Twenty years is quite an accomplishment,” Hickory Hills Police Chief, Alan Vodicka, said upon presenting McCauley with a 20 years of service pin at last Thursday’s City Council Meeting, “This doesn’t happen all that often and is definitely something to be acknowledged.”
  The length of time McCauley has been working for Hickory Hills was not the only reason he was honored. Vodicka reported throughout his 20 years of service, he has received a lot of positive feedback on the longtime officer, including changing a flat tire for a resident.
  On Aug. 3, 2009, McCauley was summoned to escort an 84-year-old man back to his disabled vehicle, after he walked nearly one and a half miles to report a flat tire. McCauley was only asked to provide the elderly man a ride back to his vehicle and wait with him until a tow company arrived, however, rather than have the man incur a bill for a service call the cop elected to change the tire himself, saving a senior citizen on a fixed income a considerable sum of money.
  He was also involved in more serious situations.
  McCauley responded to a call on June 13, 2006, where his actions were able to stop a suicide attempt.
  One handwritten later, dated June 10, 1997, referred to McCauley as “kind, thoughtful and caring’’ after Hickory Hills resident, Claudene Callahan, was driving home with a trunk full of groceries when a deer hit her car. Upon arriving on the scene, where Callahan was reportedly shaken up from the terrifying incident, McCauley placed all of her groceries in the squad car, drove her home and carried all her groceries inside her home for her.
  Vodicka added a lot of residents respect McCauley’s kind and understanding manner during difficult circumstances.
  “I would like to thank the city of Hickory Hills, Mayor Mike Howley, the city council and the residents for making this such a nice place to work,” McCauley said upon receiving his service pin.
  McCauley was born to parents, Patrick and Adelina, on Aug. 24, 1956. His father was a longtime Chicago Police Officer. McCauley admits his father was the reason his interest began in joining a police force.
  McCauley went on to attend St. Thomas More Grammar School and then graduated from Bogan High School. Before being hired by the Hickory Hills Police Department on Oct. 9, 1993, McCauley held a wide variety of jobs adding to his knowledge in the police force, including stints with McCormick Place Security, the Cook County Department of Corrections, Imperial Palace Casino Security in Las Vegas, the Tucson Arizona Police Dept., the University of Chicago Police Department, the Blue Island Police Department and the Cook County Hospital Police Dept.
  “As you can see, Dan came to us with a vast amount of experience, and he has also received additional extensive training during his twenty years with Hickory Hills,” Vodicka said.
  During his career with the Hickory Hills Police Department, McCauley has served in the capacity as a patrol specialist, investigator, motorcycle officer and he is currently assigned to a federal task force under the Department of Homeland Security.