PERFORMANCE OF DUTY DEATHS
Roll Call of all Performance of Duty Deaths. A Performance of Duty Death is classified as the death of a sworn member who dies while on or off duty and such death results from a condition, injury, or illness that was not directly related to the member’s performance as a law enforcement officer.
Patrolman James R. Scannell Sr.
Patrolman James R. Scannell, Sr., Star #7808, aged 42 years, was a 16 year, 7 month, 16 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 18th District - East Chicago.
On July 2, 1972, Officer Scannell and Patrolmen George Alvarado and Marion Sykes responded to a call regarding a drunk and disorderly customer at The Rush Up lounge located at 909 North Rush Street. Upon arrival the officers placed Christopher Pacelli, age 24, under arrest for disorderly conduct. When they attempted to put him into the squadrol he became combative and a struggle ensued. The officers were able to get Pacelli into the squadrol and closed the door. The struggle started again when a passerby was able to open the squadrol door freeing Pacelli. Following the struggle Officer Scannell became ill and collapsed. Officers Alvarado and Sykes attempted to revive Officer Scannell by performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but were unable to save him. Officer Scannell was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival from a heart attack.
Christopher Pacelli was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Officer Scannell was waked in Hollerbach Funeral Home located at 4022-36 North Elston Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Veronica Church located at 3300 North Whipple Street and he was laid to rest on July 6, 1972 in St. Joseph Cemetery, 3100 North Thatcher Avenue, River Grove, Illinois.
Patrolman James R. Scannell, Sr., born March 15, 1930, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 16, 1955.
Officer Scannell served in the Armed Forces and was Honorably Discharged. He was also a member of Amvets Post No. 18, Military Order of the Purple Heart and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 13. Officer Scannell was survived by his wife, Mildred (nee Carlson); children: Jerry J., James R., Jr., Karen, Kathleen Sanden, Kevin, Margaret, Martin, Mary and Maureen; mother, Margaret M. (nee Ahern) and siblings: Eamon O., Jeremiah J. (CPD), Margaret Jablonski and Mary Gruber.
On June 27, 2007, Officer Scannell’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.
Sergeant Hector Anastacio Silva
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 and 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 Policemen's Benevolent and 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.
Patrolman Myles Michael Smetana
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 and 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.