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Cheektowaga Chief of Police Michael J. Sliwinski passes away suddenly

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Posted at 2:54 PM, Jul 17, 2021

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Cheektowaga Police Department has announced the sudden passing of Chief Michael J. Sliwinski.

According to police, Chief Sliwinski fell ill Saturday morning and died while in the hospital.

His obituary says he died of an apparent heart attack.

Chief Sliwinski joined CPD in 1991. He served as a patrolman and was promoted to Sergeant in 2002. He became a Lieutenant in 2004, then was promoted to Captain in 2011. In 2018, he became Assistant Chief and was then promoted to Chief in February 2020.

"Please keep his family and our CPD family in your thoughts and prayers," police said in the release.

Sliwinski's wake is set for Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 7pm at the Sliwinski Funeral Home on Transit Road in Depew.

His funeral mass will take place at 9:30 Thursday morning at St. Louis Church.