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Deputy fire chief charged with attempted murder steps down

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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3 Comments to “Deputy fire chief charged with attempted murder steps down”

    pagan69 said:
    January 8, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Allowed to retire and secure that pension.

      Diane said:
      January 12, 2013 at 5:30 AM

      He should not get his pension. He should go to jail and suffer. I don't think rewarding him with his pension after commiting a crime of this type. what is wrong with this world.

      diane smith

    sharong4 said:
    January 8, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    With that tpe of criminal behavior, he should go to jail.

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