Police pay tribute to fallen officer

February 1, 2012 4:15:10 PM PST
The Chicago Police Department retired the star of Officer Paul Nauden who died in the line of duty.

At the ceremony at Public Safety headquarters, Nauden's widow placed his star in the case that holds the stars of 481 other officers.

Nauden was a 21-year veteran of the department. In May of last year he was working on a narcotics investigation when he became ill and later died of a heart attack. His family says Nauden's commitment steered him toward narcotics work.

"He was a brave person and he wanted to help the community and get rid of criminals, and that's where he felt he could really do a good job," said Norvell Nauden, family member.

Nauden was awarded 49 department commendations. He is survived by his wife and two young daughters.