Updated 06/11/14 – 11:46 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Wednesday made his first public appearance since undergoing an emergency heart procedure last week, joking with a class of new police recruits that “Word of my demise was greatly exaggerated.”
McCarthy attended a graduation ceremony for new police officers at Navy Pier. Dressed in uniform, he appeared healthy and upbeat as he shook hands with officers before the ceremony started.
Once on stage for the graduation, McCarthy said he was reminded of a few years ago, when he was at a Rolling Stones concert, and guitarist Keith Richards stepped up to the microphone.
“He said, ‘I’m glad to be here, but then again I’m glad to be anywhere.’ I kind of feel that way today,” McCarthy said.