Chicago Writers Association Announces TAKING THE CAPE OFF by Patrick J. Kenny as Book of the Year Finalist 2021

TAKING THE CAPE OFF - Best Book Awards Finalist

Congratulations to Patrick J. Kenny as a finalist of the 2021 CWA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS!

Traditional Non-fiction Category 
2021 CWA Book of the Year Awards 

Taking The Cape Off Book Cover

Oct 16, 2021

TAKING THE CAPE OFF How to lead Through Mental Illness, Unimaginable Grief and Loss by Patrick J. Kenny, was announced as a CWA book of the year finalist in the traditional non-fiction category which is available on Amazon and other book selling sites.

The author, Pat Kenny shared, “Being that I grew up in Chicago and have lived my life in Illinois serving as Fire Chief in Hinsdale and Western Springs Illinois, it’s a great honor to be a finalist in the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year. I wrote this book to spread my son Sean’s message that mental illness is a physical illness and to be recognized locally for this book really touched me. My hope is that this book will be shared with others and further spread Sean’s message and give families hope who may be suffering with mental illness. “

About Author

PATRICK J. KENNY has been a member of the fire service for over 38 years, a chief officer for over 25 years, and before retiring was the Fire Chief in Western Spring, Illinois. A popular speaker, he has presented throughout the US and in multiple countries on Mayday for Mental Health® for more than a decade. He has written articles on mental health, leadership, fire safety, and fire code challenges. In 2004, he was awarded the Fire Chief of the Year by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, in 2020-2021, he was awarded the George D. Post Instructor of the Year by the Fire Engineering/International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFISFSI) and in 2021, he was awarded Fire Chief Emeritus status by the Executive Board of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.


Taking the Cape Off shares Fire Chief Pat Kenny’s journey to overcome his perceived failure as a leader in his most cherished duty, that of being a protector. His “Cape” failed to protect his 20-year-old son Sean from dying by suicide after a lifelong battle with mental illness. His anguish was complicated by his role as the leader of a fire department.

This is not a story of darkness but rather one of hope as he reveals the path he took to move forward with his life and return to a leadership role. In this book, he will share:

  • How you as a leader can address the stigma attached to mental illness in the workplace, at home, or with friends, utilizing professional resources and relying on your faith.
  • How you can develop the leadership communication skills necessary to help you both personally and professionally when faced with any health crisis.
  • How to foster a continuing, loving relationship with your deceased loved one’s memory by acknowledging the signs you receive from the hereafter.

TAKING THE CAPE OFF How to Lead Through Mental Illness, Unimaginable Grief and Loss is available on Amazon and other book selling sites.

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