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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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    RAMBO_911

    over 3 years ago

    68990 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother!

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    Jamie42

    over 3 years ago

    280 Comments

    Sincere condolences to the family and friends of this fine officer from a retired LEO and retired AF SrNCO (LEO).

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    Gildor9

    over 3 years ago

    238 Comments

    Prayers to the family of Officer Parks.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Murder

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP Brother..Prayers go out to the family and friends...

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    wildsoldier

    over 3 years ago

    1246 Comments

    RIP Brother..Prayers go out to the family and friends...

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    USAFE7

    over 3 years ago

    2518 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Parks, my fellow Airman.

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    41146 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officer Parks.

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    Snowflake

    over 3 years ago

    110 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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    Ladyhawke

    over 3 years ago

    64 Comments

    How incredib;y sad and senseless. Our hearts are saddened by Officer Parks' untimely passing and prayers for his family.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP Officer Parks.. How sad..and scary. I hope they charge these (animals)kids with murder.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Oh how tragic. RIP Officer Parks

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    milcop

    over 3 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP my Brother My God bless and watch over your family

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP Officer Parks. :(

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Obadiah verse 15, "The day of the LORD is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head."
    These teens will have there day in court.

    RIP my Brother

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