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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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    station_100_2003

    over 3 years ago

    552 Comments

    May you rest in peace

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    npd783

    over 3 years ago

    1156 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    RGKS3

    over 3 years ago

    116 Comments

    RIP Officer Dwayne Parks.
    Our prayers are with your family,friends and coworkers.

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    dolphinblue

    over 3 years ago

    42980 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    ppc

    over 3 years ago

    188 Comments

    RIP Officer Parks.

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    Collegecop_WA

    over 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    Rest in peace Officer Parks, may God comfort the loved ones you leave behind and may He welcome you home with open arms. Thank you for your service.

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    Hutch051

    over 3 years ago

    118 Comments

    RIP my Brother.

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    rcruzot86

    over 3 years ago

    40 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officer Parks

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    SPD198823

    over 3 years ago

    50 Comments

    RIP Officer D. Parks.

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    bluebrother

    over 3 years ago

    774 Comments

    Rest in peace officer Parks. As for the other little -----, charge them all with capitol murder. They may not get convicted, but they will go through the system, and maybe just maybe their little -----will feel some heat. They are not "teens", they are under aged scabs of living vermin that have no respect to anything or anyone.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP Officer Parks. Our prayers are with your family and friends.

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    2386

    over 3 years ago

    250 Comments

    RIP

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    captainbud

    over 3 years ago

    420 Comments

    May you rest in peace, my brother. May God comfort and bless your family and friends.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    R.I.P.

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    FireDad

    over 3 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Parks

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