North Las Vegas detective who died after wrong-way crash identified as 10-year veteran
A 10-year veteran detective of the North Las Vegas Police Department died Saturday morning, one day after he was hit by a wrong-way driver.
Detective Chad Parque, 32, was a husband, father and detective.
“It’s with a heavy heart,” said NLVPD Chief Alex Perez. “We’re coming together as a family as we always do to support each other during these tough times.”
Parque was given a police escort early Saturday morning shortly after he succumbed to his injuries.
He was on duty Friday afternoon when police say a wrong-way driver crashed into him and one other car near MLK and Carey. It is unclear why the 62-year-old female driver crossed into oncoming traffic. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
“He came to work every day wanting to make a difference,” said NLVPD Public Information Officer Aaron Patty shortly after the crash.
The law enforcement community faced a heartbreaking reality after the announcement of Parque’s death.
“It never gets easier. That was a tough text to wake up to this morning,” said Metro Detective Matthew Donaldson.
Deborah Costello, a wife of a Metro officer, said that this is the third friend she and her husband have lost in the line of duty.
“My husband called me last night crying from the hospital,” said Costello. “He was my husband’s friend so that made it close to home. It could have been any one of our husbands just out working the regular beat.”
Local police officers and their families reaffirmed that no matter what the agency – it’s a brotherhood without barriers.
“We're here for them and with God's help and the community they'll get through this,” said Costello.
Detective Parque is the first officer killed in the line of duty for North Las Vegas Police since 1995.
A vigil to honor his memory is planned for 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the crash site near the corner of MLK and Carey.
Friends and family of the fallen Detective have setup a donation fund. All donations should be directed to the only accounts that have been established to aid the family. Injured Police Officer's Fund, Nevada State Bank #905202081 and Wells Fargo #8754899923. More information can be found regarding the Injured Police Officer's Fund at www.ipof.vegas, 702-380-2840.