CPD Commander Dies of Heart Attack

Cmdr. John Kupczyk had 28 years on the force

Sunday, Jan 22, 2012  |  Updated 3:42 PM CDT
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CPD Commander Dies of Heart Attack

The Chicago Police Department is in mourning after a commander who'd been with the department for 28 years died of a heart attack.

The Chicago Police Department is in mourning after a commander who'd been with the department for 28 years died of a heart attack.

Chicago Lawn District police Cmdr. John Kupczyk died Saturday evening after suffering a heart attack while off duty, according to a statement from Chicago police Supt. Garry F. McCarthy.

“Commander Kupczyk proudly served the Chicago Police Department for 28 years, and he exemplified excellent leadership and the utmost professionalism while working each and every day to preserve the safety and well-being of the communities in which he served,” McCarthy said in the statement.

“As a department, we mourn Commander Kupczyk’s death and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

Kupczyk's family thanked the department for its support.

"On behalf of the family of Commander John Kupczyk, we wish to thank everyone for their condolences and prayers during this difficult time. John was a loving father, husband and brother. John was a proud member of the Chicago Police Department family and dedicated his career to serving the community he loved, as well as protecting the City of Chicago. He will be greatly missed," the commander's family said in a statement.

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