Chicago Police Department, Illinois ● Line of Duty Death: May 19, 2011

On May 19, 2011, Police Officer Paul Nauden suffered a fatal heart attack while conducting an undercover narcotics buy as part of a large narcotics investigation. While on scene he informed his fellow undercover officers that he did not feel well and could not complete the transaction. He left the scene in order to not jeopardize the operation and the other officers. He flagged down a passing ambulance a short distance away and was transported to a local hospital. He passed away early the next morning.

Nauden was born into a military family, one of five children. He was a responsible and creative child. In his youth he enjoyed playing football, car racing as well as protecting and serving his community. This need to make others feel safe and help in any way possible was a fundamental part of his life. Nauden’s purpose was keeping order at home and at work. 

As a Chicago native, Officer Nauden served proudly with the Chicago Police Department for 21 years and was assigned to the Narcotics Section. As a Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 26, 1990 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. Officer Nauden was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Officer Nauden was known for being extremely courageous. Those who knew him remember his commitment to helping his community succeed, as that is where he felt he could make a difference. His passion for his career, and keeping the community safe was second to none. Naudren is remembered as a compassionate, loving family man who truly wanted only the best for everyone around him.

He is survived by his wife April and two daughters: Alana and Avril.

“I’m so very grateful for Tunnel to Towers helping my family. Reading the history of how the foundation came about moved my heart. The story of Stephen Siller was one of complete compassion of a first responder helping to save lives. Since the loss of my husband it has not been easy to continue with normal family life. The help we are receiving from Tunnel to Towers will help relieve a burden from our family. I am forever grateful for this. This will help my daughters and I  to maintain some normal family life together without having to worry about payment for our home. I miss my husband and I feel like his spirit watches over us as we continue to move forward without him. I’m so appreciative for this donation to our family. Thank you Tunnel to Towers!”

– April Nauden, Wife