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Hospital Officer Suffers Heart Attack After Beating by Teens

Hospital Officer Suffers Heart Attack After Beating by Teens

Chicago Sun-Times via YellowBrix

November 30, 2010

CHICAGO – A Stroger Hospital police officer with 19 years on the job died on Tuesday — and his family says he died of a heart attack after being harassed by local teens on a South Side bus.

Dwayne Parks, 45, the father of 11, apparently fended off some punches from his harassers but dropped dead of a heart attack just blocks from his home, his family said.

An autopsy is “pending police investigation” and additional medical testing — although initial reports indicated he was badly beaten.

He was found in the 9400 block of South Langley at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Parks was on his way home from work when several teens “disrespected” and bumped into him on the bus, his uncle Kevin Parks said.

“He just told them ‘Please, I don’t want to be bothered,’ " Kevin Parks said. But the teens persisted and at least two got off the bus at 93rd Street and Cottage Grove and charged behind him, he said.

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Police Officer Dwayne Parks

“He defended himself and showed them his badge and they just ran away,” Kevin Parks said. “But as he got to walking away, he had a heart attack and died.”

The Cook County medical examiner’s office would not comment on whether the beating played a role in what family members called a fatal heart attack.

Parks had been employed as a police officer at Stroger Hospital for 19 years, said hospital spokesman Lucio Guerrero. Guerrero said Parks had just finished a shift at the hospital when he died.

Parks was in the U.S. Air Force for six years as a military police officer prior to his employment at Stroger. He left behind children ranging in age from 3 to 25 and lived with his 64-year-old mother Helen Ousley Parks, a maintenance employee at the University of Chicago, family members said.


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    NikkaMere

    over 3 years ago

    10 Comments

    R.I.P Dwayne Parks.
    Wow....I would say I can't believe teens are that disrespectful...but I'd be lying to myself. Ridiculous!

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    WACollector

    over 3 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    Sheepdog1

    over 3 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    copper380

    over 3 years ago

    2026 Comments

    May God Bless Your Soul Officer Parks. Lord Bless Officer Parks and his children, be with them in their time of need. May they be comforted by your love and knowing he is with you watching over them from your side.

    The teens........Charge with MURDER!

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    shaun741

    over 3 years ago

    2758 Comments

    RIP prayers for your family and friends

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    Alexander_Ott

    over 3 years ago

    572 Comments

    RIP

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    trooperman911

    over 3 years ago

    2544 Comments

    Teens this day and age are so disrespectful, and hardcore mean, especially when they gang up to beat a man to a point of causing him to die of heart failure.The Cook County medical examiner’s office would not comment on whether the beating played a role in what family members called a fatal heart attack. DUH!!! Are you for real? What about the preliminary report of the medical examiner? An autopsy is “pending police investigation” and additional medical testing — although initial reports indicated he was badly beaten. I pray they find the monsters that done this! Rest In Peace Brother.

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    Book_Em_Mandie

    over 3 years ago

    6746 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officer Parks.

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    HankOLague

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Parks.

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    nitesi

    over 3 years ago

    136 Comments

    R.I.P. Find the pos and do same to them!!!!!

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    boritico

    over 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    t1401hm

    over 3 years ago

    1754 Comments

    RIP

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    AnchAK

    over 3 years ago

    152 Comments

    Several teens against one officer. Nothing but pure cowardice to gang up on one person. Any of you working know just how large teenagers can be these days and to not take them lightly, they can be very dangerous. Be safe out there.

    Rest in peace.

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    batman2944

    over 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    "The Cook County medical examiner’s office would not comment on whether the beating played a role in what family members called a fatal heart attack."

    .....Pardon me but, HELL YES it played a role!! Better yet, It was THE cause!! Rest in Peace Brother, and God Bless!

    "Stay in the Fight"

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    delano388

    over 3 years ago

    4314 Comments

    RIP Brother

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