Deputy fire chief charged with attempted murder steps down

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A suburban deputy fire chief charged with a host of crimes including attempted murder, sexual assault and burglary resigned Monday.

The Chicago Ridge Department accepted the retirement of Gary Swiercz, 49, effective immediately, according to a statement. Swiercz was placed on administrative leave during the investigation. He’s been with the department for nearly 25 years.

Police say Swiercz  broke into the home of a woman in his condo building over the weekend wearing a ski mask and carrying with him a knife, duct tape, rope, a sex toy and lubricant.

Prosecutors say he put a blade to her throat and threw her to the ground multiple times.

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