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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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    djs2v

    over 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Parks

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    aussie4

    over 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    God Bless Leo Parks and his family. I hope the kids who made this happen are found and punished.

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    kaalima

    over 3 years ago

    1748 Comments

    Rest In Peace, sad.

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    mmarchesi

    over 3 years ago

    2686 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother Parks... May God bless you and your family.

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    Daysend

    over 3 years ago

    902 Comments

    Rip, I feel sorry for his children most of all the 3yr. He/shes not gunna have any memories of his papa. there should be stronger blanket laws for working in packs like that.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest in peace Officer Parks, may God Bless and comfort the ones you leave behind .

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    Tetra021

    over 3 years ago

    492 Comments

    RIP Officer Parks.
    I hope they find these creeps and charge them with murder.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    RIP

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    SrtUnit2576

    over 3 years ago

    16178 Comments

    RIP

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    bsears

    over 3 years ago

    9586 Comments

    RIP

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest In Peace Officer Parks. Our prayers are for your family, friends, & department.

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    BLU362

    over 3 years ago

    74 Comments

    RIP Brother ; and as for those lil ba---rds that assaulted Officer Parks, they'll get whats coming to them someday, life has it's way of dealing with lil terds like them, whether it be now or later on in life.

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    eera2525

    over 3 years ago

    74 Comments

    Until the autopsy comes back they should at least be charged with assault, and if the heart attack was a result of the beating they should be charged with Capital Murder. It is time to show the public that we will not toletrate the harassment and attacks that have befallen law enforcement officers lately.

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    FBD183

    over 3 years ago

    728 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    RIP Brother.

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