CHICAGO — A beloved Chicago police captain died while on duty early Sunday morning.
The officer, 50-year-old James Lavoy was found unresponsive in his squad car on I-94 near the Stony Island feeder ramp just after midnight. Police said there were no signs of trauma and believe it may have been cardiac related. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Captain Lavoy was a Calumet district supervisor.
As an ambulance took his body to the medical examiner’s office, dozens of squad cars honored him in an end-of-watch procession. A death investigation is underway.
At a news conference, Supt. Eddie Johnson appeared to choke up as he talked about the fallen officer.
“I pledge to you that I’ll always be there for you and that I’ll never forget him,” Johnson said, directing the comment to Lavoy’s family.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the following statement:
“Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of Chicago Police Department Captain James Lavoy. Over the nearly three decades he served our city, Captain Lavoy received more than 65 commendations, awards and honorable mentions. Yet the true testament of Captain Lavoy’s duty and dedication is the countless number of colleuages and Chicagoans he impacted and inspired. Amy and I join with all Chicagoans in extending our deepest sympathies to his wife, two children and the entire CPD family.”