11/03/2008

Ill. officer collapses, dies during struggle

By Joel Hood
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Frank Russo was known for two things around the Schaumburg Police Department: A big personality and a youthful eagerness for his job.

Russo, a 19-year veteran of the Schaumburg force, was working on his day off early Saturday morning at the John Barleycorn nightclub on American Lane. When two men fled the club after a disturbance, Russo and another uniformed officer pursued them in their squad car and arrested them a half-mile away on East Golf Road. But in the ensuing struggle, Russo collapsed and later was pronounced dead at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village.

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