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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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    buck

    over 3 years ago

    1290 Comments

    God bless and rest in peace.

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    IowaNinersFan

    over 3 years ago

    20892 Comments

    RIP Officer Parks.

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    Inxorte

    over 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB

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    ksphatcop

    over 3 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    cgingo

    over 3 years ago

    21884 Comments

    Rest in peace Officer Parks. My prayers to you, your family and friends.

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    gman3858

    over 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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    ERIC4536

    over 3 years ago

    534 Comments

    Sad! Our prayers to the family and friends. Rest In Peace.

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    Straightshooter

    over 3 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Dwayne Parks. My Prayers for your Family and friends. May those who caused your death burn in Hell for eternity.

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Rest in Peace my brother.

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    Anthony313

    over 3 years ago

    48 Comments

    Rest in Peace My Brother!!!

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    arroyol

    over 3 years ago

    696 Comments

    RIP

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officer Parks. I hope they ID the pucks that started this chain of events.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11194 Comments

    Rest in peace, Officer Parks. These kids should be held to adult standards for what they did, with max charges and sentencing.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    R.I.P. Brother

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    Jadoredior82

    over 3 years ago

    354 Comments

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I hope that the kids that did this are found.

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