GAPA salutes Paul Heyden, Jr., Chicago Police Department Award of Valor Recipient!

In the early morning hours of a Spring day in 2010, Chicago Police Department Gang enforcement officer Paul Heyden, Jr. was on patrol with other gang officers in plain clothes and in an unmarked vehicle on Chicago’s far west side when they heard shots fired a short distance away. Minutes later Officer Heyden encountered a man in an alley who raised a gun toward him. After commanding this individual to drop his weapon to no avail, Officer Heyden, in defense of his own life, fired several shots at this individual, striking him as many times until he fell mortally wounded.