Just weeks after he gave a fiery City Council speech decrying the menace of “aggressive squirrels, ” Brookins was jumped by a kamikaze squirrel that leapt into the front wheel of his bike and lodged himself in the spokes, sending the alderman flying over the handlebars.

The squirrel made the ultimate sacrifice.

Comment: Ald. Brookins was in fact badly hurt so, more seriously, wishing him a fast recovery.