Former policeman honored for LSC service
October 4, 2019

David R. Ramos with Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd Ward, right) and the City Council resolution
honoring Ramos.

David R. Ramos, who as a Chicago police officer achieved fame in 2018 apprehending a carjacker and kidnapper pictured on a television news report, received recognition by the Chicago City Council in August for 23 years of service on Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Local School Councils (LSCs).

Ramos joined the Ogden School LSC in 1996, eventually becoming president. He also served on the Lincoln Park High School LSC, eventually becoming vice president.

In 2016, Ramos ran for and won a position representing Network 6 on the CPS LSC advisory board, which advises CPS on new initiatives and policies affecting its 534 schools. Network 6 contains 33 CPS schools in Bucktown, Bridgeport, Canaryville, Chinatown, River West, Taylor Street, and West Town. Ramos received the highest vote total citywide.

Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd Ward) sponsored the resolution honoring Ramos. “I am deeply grateful to Alderman Reilly for recognizing my 23 years of service to all CPS families,” Ramos said. “I am truly honored and humbled to receive this prestigious City Council resolution.”

Ramos also serves as president of the Chicago Park District’s Smith Park Advisory Council, located at 2525 W. Grand Ave. He was a police officer in Chicago for 24 years, served as homeland security director for Cook County, and now works as the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications’ deputy director.

Ramos worked out of the 18th Police District when he apprehended Leon M. Spektor in January 2018. Spektor pled guilty to kidnapping charges on Aug. 3, 2018, and a judge sentenced him in October 2018 to 14.5 years in prison.

—William S. Bike