Police: Chicago commander died of heart attack

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago authorities say an off-duty police commander has died after suffering a heart attack.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago authorities say an off-duty police commander has died after suffering a heart attack.

A statement from Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says that John Kupczyk died Saturday evening.

Kupczyk served the Chicago Police Department for 28 years. He was most recently commander of the 8th District, which covers parts of the city’s southwest side and surrounds Midway International Airport.

McCarthy says Kupczyk exemplified excellent leadership and professionalism. He offered prayers to the family.

The family of the commander released a statement through the police department thanking people for their condolences.

The statement says Kupczyk was a proud member of the police department and was dedicated to serving the community he loved.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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