Police Officer Paul Winston Nauden  | Star #10803

Police Officer Paul Winston Nauden | Star #10803

Police Officer Paul Winston Nauden | Star #10803

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Police Officer Paul Winston Nauden, Star #10803, aged 46 years, was a 21 year, 1 month, 24 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to Bureau of Investigative Services – Organized Crime Division: Unit 189 – Narcotics and Gang Investigation Section.

On May 19, 2011, at 3:40 p.m., Officer Nauden was involved in an undercover narcotics investigation at 8000 South Crandon Avenue. During the investigation, he discreetly informed another undercover officer that he was not feeling well and he didn’t think he could make a buy. Officer Nauden withdrew himself in order not to jeopardize the safety of his fellow officers and the drug investigation in progress. He got into his vehicle and drove to and flagged down CFD Ambulance #50 at 7600 South Yates Avenue. He was then transported to the University of Chicago Hospital by CFD Ambulance #50. Officer Nauden was treated for a heart attack and was pronounced dead by Dr. Malyala at 6:15 a.m. on May 20, 2011. His cause of death was determined to be from acute myocardial infarction due to coronary arteriosclersois. The investigation Officer Nauden was involved in, yielded over a dozen arrests.

Officer Nauden was waked at A.R. Leak and Sons Funeral Home located at 7838 South Cottage Grove Avenue. His funeral mass was held at the House of Hope located at 752 East 114th Street. He was laid to rest on May 27, 2011 in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Officer Paul Winston Nauden, born December 5, 1964, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 26, 1990 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. His assignments included working in the 3rd District, and Unit 189. He earned 2 Department Commendations, 1 Police Officer of the Month Award, 1 Problem Solving Award, 1 Special Service Award, 18 Honorable Mentions, the 2009 Crime Reduction Award, the 2004 Crime Reduction Award, the Democratic National Convention Service Award and 3 Complimentary Letters during his career.

Officer Nauden was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, April (nee Manuel) and children: Alana, age 2 and Avril, age 3.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #HT303799.

On February 1, 2012, Officer Nauden’s star was retired by Superintendent Garry McCarthy and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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Sergeant Hector Anastacio Silva  | Star #1760

Sergeant Hector Anastacio Silva | Star #1760

Sergeant Hector Anastacio Silva | Star #1760

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Sergeant Hector Anastacio Silva, Star #1760, aged 36 years, was an 11 year, 2 month, 0 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services – Patrol Division Special Functions Group: Unit 153 – Special Operations Section.

On September 30, 2001, at 9:00 a.m., Sergeant Hector Silva was participating in a Special Operations Section (SOS) physical agility test for the non-HBT chemical agent team at the Homan Square Facility located at 3340 West Fillmore Street. He sprinted two flights of stairs carrying sandbags weighing a total of 55 pounds, then sprinted 100 yards with no obstacles, completing the course in 53 seconds. The exercise was intended to simulate working in protective gear while dealing with chemical agents. After the course he walked into the SOS office and bumped into a file cabinet, striking his left knee, and sat down at a desk slumping forward. At this time Sergeant Silva indicated he was experiencing pain in the right side of his head and feeling dizzy. His speech was also slurred and officers in the office summoned an ambulance for him. He was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital by CFD Ambulance #33. Once there he was admitted to the ICU and later underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. Tragically, Sergeant Silva died from an intracerebral hemorrhage during the surgery and was pronounced dead by Dr. Hernando at 11:15 a.m. on October 2, 2001.

Sergeant Silva was waked at Malec & Sons Funeral Home located at 6000 North Milwaukee Avenue. His funeral mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church located at 7211 West Talcott Avenue. He was laid to rest on October 6, 2001 in Maryhill Cemetery, 8600 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois. His grave is located in Section 22.

Sergeant Hector Anastacio Silva, born August 4, 1965, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 30, 1990. He earned 1 Carter Harrison Medal, 1 Superintendent’s Award of Valor, 1 Democratic Convention Service Award, 54 Honorable Mentions and 3 Complimentary Letters during his career.

Sergeant Silva was a member of the Police Benevolent & Protective Association and Latin American Police Association. He was survived by his wife, Victoria (nee Salinas), age 37; children: Antonia Irene, age 12 and Miranda, age 7; parents: Anastasio and Carmen (nee Villarrubia) and siblings: Aracelis and Edwin (CPD).

In 2002 the Latin American Police Association, of which Sergeant Silva was an Executive Board member, renamed their Valor Award in his memory.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #G587119.

On May 24, 2005, Sergeant Silva’s star was retired by Superintendent Philip J. Cline and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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Patrolman Myles Michael Smetana  | Star #14658

Patrolman Myles Michael Smetana | Star #14658

Patrolman Myles Michael Smetana | Star #14658

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Patrolman Myles Michael Smetana, Star #14658, aged 46 years, was a 19 year, 7 month, 5 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 20th District – Foster.

On August 24, 1999, at 1:35 p.m., Officer Smetana was working the second watch on beat 2013 10-99. He monitored a radio call of a disturbance involving an irate, mentally ill man threatening customers at a business. He responded to assist beat 2012, Patrolman Thomas Boyle. Additionally beat 2071, Patrolmen Robert Pasternack and David Tamillo, responded to assist as well. Once at the scene, the officers observed a heated argument and they struggled to separate the two parties and regain the man’s composure. Officer Smetana offered him instructions on how to lodge a formal complaint and even gave him a phone number of a company which might offer him a job. After the incident Officer Boyle asked Officer Smetana if he was okay due to his appearance. Officer Smetana said he suddenly felt ill, weak and dizzy but assured him it would go away and he would feel better in a minute. He finished his tour of duty and went home. Later that evening, when conditions did not improve, he was driven to the River Grove Fire Department (RGFD) by his wife. It was learned that he was in cardiac arrest and he was transported to Gottlieb Memorial Hospital by RGFD Ambulance. Upon arrival he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. He lapsed into a coma after a severe heart attack and remained comatose until his death. He was pronounced dead by Dr. Lal at 9:30 p.m. on September 16, 1999.

Officer Smetana was waked at Friel Funeral Home located at 8300 West Lawrence Avenue, Norridge, IL. He was laid to rest on September 21, 1999 in All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois.

Patrolman Myles Michael Smetana, born January 24, 1953, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 11, 1980 and was in Recruit Class 80-2A at the Jackson Street Police Academy. He earned 1 Carter Harrison Medal, 1 Superintendent’s Award of Merit and 54 Honorable Mentions during his career.

Officer Smetana served in the U.S. Army and was Honorably Discharged. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Officer Smetana was survived by his wife, Katherine Frances (nee Eder) and children: Erin Patricia, age 5 months, Kaitlyn Rose, age 4 and Zachary Michael, age 6.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #D549736.

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Patrolman Gary M. Gradle  | Star #9366

Patrolman Gary M. Gradle | Star #9366

Patrolman Gary M. Gradle | Star #9366

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Patrolman Gary M. Gradle, Star #9366, aged 38 years, was a 9 year, 7 month, 25 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 4th District – South Chicago.

On March 23, 1991, at 9:39 p.m., Officer Gradle was working the third watch, 10-99, on Beat 457 and responded to a call of a “ Man with a Gun“ at 81st Street and Houston Avenue. He entered a dark garage and was shot point-blank range in the chest just below the sternum. His bullet proof vest stopped the round from penetrating. Officer Gradle staggered from the gunshot but was able to recover and return fire. The offender then fled the scene and was able to make good his escape. Officer Gradle was transported to a South Chicago Community Hospital where he was examined and discharged within an hour of the initial shooting. As a result from the trauma of the bullet’s impact, Officer Gradle sustained a 1 1/2“ bruise to his chest, he later recovered and was returned to full duty. This incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #P129793

On April 5, 1996, at 11:00 p.m., Officer Gradle was working the third watch, 10-99, on Beat 453 when he was discovered by a citizen slumped over the wheel of his squad car #7132, while in traffic, gasping for breath at 11735 South Avenue O. The citizen ran to the nearby fire house located at 11641 South Avenue O and alerted CFD. CFD Amnulance #25 responded and found Officer Gradle inside his squad car unconcious with no pulse. They placed the officer in the ambulance and administered CPR while en route to St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Hammond, Indiana. Officer Gradle was pronounced dead at 12:03 a.m. on April 6, 1996 from a heart attack.

Officer Gradle was waked at Thompson and Kuenster Funeral Home located at 5570 West 95th Street. His funeral mass was held at St. John Fischer Catholic Church located at 10234 South Washtenaw Avenue, was cremated on April 9, 1996 at Woodlawn Crematory located at 7750 Cermak Road, Forest Park, Illinois, was cremated and entombed on April 15, 1996 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois. His crypt is located in the Mausoleum of the Archangels, Crypt 450, Tier 2C.

Patrolman Gary M. Gradle, born October 11, 1957, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 11, 1986.

Officer Gradle was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth A.; children: Claire and Joseph; parents: George (CPD) and Marian; brother and sister.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #A238625.

At the time of Officer Gradle’s heart attack, the reporting officers made note in the above case report and in his Injury on Duty report, “ Several years ago, Officer Gradle suffered on-duty gunshot trauma to the chest. It is unknown if the two incidents are related.“ Paperwork for inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Fund (NLEOMF) was submitted in July 2016 by the Chicago Police Department. On September 15, 2016, the NLEOMF’s pathologist requested copies of Officer Gradle’s autopsy and toxicology reports. The reports were submitted and on December 20, 2016 the Chicago Police Department received word that the NLEOMF did not approve Officer Gradle’s name for inclusion on their wall as a “ Line of Duty“ death. NLEOMF stated the circumstances of Officer Gradle’s death did not meet their criteria for inclusion because their pathologist was unable to link the gunshot wound to his cause of death.

On July 17, 2018, Officer Gradle’s star was retired by Superintendent of Police Eddie T. Johnson and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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Patrolman Helen P. Cardwell  | Star #1181

Patrolman Helen P. Cardwell | Star #1181

Patrolman Helen P. Cardwell | Star #1181

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Patrolman Helen P. Cardwell, Star #11815, aged 50 years, was an 18 year, 0 month, 8 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Community Services – Senior Citizens Services Division: Unit 135 – Speakers Unit.

On May 19, 1988, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Officer Cardwell was driving northbound on the 1500 block of South Sacramento Avenue. She was going to pick up her assigned squad car at the Area 4 Motor Maintenance Garage when she lost control of the unmarked pool vehicle and veered into oncoming traffic and into two trees on the opposite side of the road. Witnesses said that they did not see Officer Cardwell take any evasive action when her car swerved and there were no skid marks present at the scene. She was removed from the car by firefighters at 10:45 a.m. and transported to Mount Sinai Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 10:45 a.m. Doctors believe she may have suffered a heart attack or a stroke.

Officer Cardwell was waked at Donnellan Funeral Home located at 10045 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, Illinois, her funeral mass was held at Queen of the Universe Catholic Church located at 7114 South Hamlin Avenue and she was laid to rest on May 23, 1988 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois. Her grave is located in Grave 5, Lot 10, Block 13, Section X.

Patrolman Helen P. Cardwell (nee Casey), born January 28, 1938, received her Probationary Appointment to the Department on May 11, 1970. She earned 1 Honorable Mention and 127 Complimentary Letters during her career. She began her career in the Youth Division before being transferred to the Neighborhood Relations Division where she served as one of the original members of the Officer Friendly Program in 1972. Later she was assigned to the Preventative Programs Division. When the speakers unit of the Bureau of Community Services: Senior Citizens Services Division was established in 1982, she became a member. Several times each day, Officer Cardwell would meet with the elderly to teach them the simple but crucial rules of crime prevention. She held a Bachelors, Masters and was working towards a Doctorate Degree at the time of her death.

Officer Cardwell was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. She was survived by her husband Lawrence Killian, Sr. (CPD), age 53; son, Lawrence Killian, Jr., age 9 and brother, Daniel Joseph, Jr. On September 19, 1988, her husband, Lawrence, passed away from a heart attack while on duty.

On July 23, 2019, Officer Cardwell’s star was retired by Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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