Police Officer Dwayne Parks John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County Police Department Illinois End of Watch: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Photograph: Police Officer Dwayne Parks

Police Officer Dwayne Parks
John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County Police Department
Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 45
Tour of Duty: 25 years
Badge Number: 7504

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Assault
Date of Incident: Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Officer Dwayne Parks suffered a fatal heart attack after being attacked by several youths on a Chicago Transit Authority bus while off duty.
Officer Parks had just completed his shift and was heading home when the youths began harassing and attacking him on the bus. He identified himself as a police officer and told them to leave him alone while the bus driver used a panic alarm to notify Chicago police that an officer needed assistance.
When Officer Parks exited the bus the juveniles chased him and attacked him again as he displayed his badge and identified himself as an officer a second time. Moments later he suffered a heart attack and collapsed in a gangway on South Langley Avenue.
The juveniles fled the scene after he collapsed but were apprehended a short time later.
Officer Parks had served with the Stroger Hospital Police Department for 19 years and has previously served as a Security Police Officer with the United States Air Force for six years. He is survived by his mother and 11 children.

Agency Contact Information
John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County Police Department
1901 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 864-6000
Please contact the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Police are investigating the death of a Stroger Hospital police officer who collapsed in a South Side gangway after apparently getting into an altercation on a CTA bus.
Dwayne Parks, 45, was on his way home from work when there was an altercation on a bus Tuesday afternoon, police and family say. He collapsed in a gangway in the 9400 block of South Langley Avenue, according to police.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office said Parks, of the 9500 block of South Euclid Avenue, was an apparent battery victim but the cause of death remains under investigation.
Family members said they were told Parks was followed from the bus to the gangway and appparently suffered a heart attack. But police told them they have yet to review tapes from the bus camera and the information was preliminary.
"He was a quiet man with great strenght," said Parks’ aunt, Patricia Campbell. "He had the courage to stand up for others if he saw that something wasn’t right."
Parks worked as an officer at the hospital for 16 years. He was the father of eight children, ages 5 to 25. He was separated from his wife of 11 years and was living with his mother, family members said.
"He was a devoted family man," Campbell said. "We tell a sad story this Thanksgiving but we are grateful for the 45 years that God gave us."
Parks was pronounced dead at 5:09 p.m. Tuesday at Advocate Trinity Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.

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2 Responses to “Police Officer Dwayne Parks John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County Police Department Illinois End of Watch: Tuesday, November 23, 2010”


  1. 1 MICHAEL BROWN November 30, 2010 at 19:46

    im going to miss you step father and i hope you have a great time in heaven

  2. 2 Commander G December 1, 2010 at 13:02

    He was a veteran and police officer. He served his country and a community. The altercation that cost him his life should be investigated fully and the persons responsible should be charged as adults.

    May he rest in peace.


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