Chick Dwyer

October 4, 1991

Retired Syracuse Police Lt. Charles J. ''Chick'' Dwyer, a decorated 36-year-veteran of the police force, died Friday at Community-General Hospital. He was 66.

Mr. Dwyer was a life resident of Syracuse and lived at 4691 Broad Road at the time of his death. He retired in 1987 as a lieutenant with the Syracuse Police Department after 36 years on the force.

Mr. Dwyer twice received the Francis Hendricks Medal. The first time was in 1961 for saving a women in a house fire on Holland Street. The second one he received in 1965 for successfully defusing a hostage situation.

Mr. Dwyer received the Police Benevolent Association Valor Award in 1955 for recovering a stolen car that broke a stolen-car ring. He received the award again in 1961 for apprehending a burglar and cracking a burglary ring.

Mr. Dwyer was a communicant of St. Michael's Church and a member of the Syracuse Police Retirees, the Police Benevolent Association and the Fraternal Order of Police. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

Surviving are his wife, Kathleen; four daughters, Colleen Vaughan, Maureen Stevens and Debra Litz, all of Syracuse, and Sharon Hale of Marcellus; two sisters, Florence Mitchell of Camillus and Anne Burgess of Liverpool; two brothers, James of Mattydale and John of Liverpool; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home and 10 a.m. in St. Michael's Church. Burial will be in Onondaga Valley Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, 4612 S. Salina St.