NYPD mourning veteran chief who killed himself ahead of mandatory retirement

New York officials and the NYPD are mourning the death of Deputy Chief Steven Silks, who killed himself Wednesday, PIX11 can confirm.

Facing the NYPD's mandatory retirement, Silks turned in his retirement papers on Tuesday, with his last day on the force scheduled for just one month away.

Chief Silks, 62, is being remembered for his long career of invaluable service to the people of New York. "Stevie," as he was known,  loved this city and his job, according to friend and PIX11 reporter Kirstin Cole.

For 38 years, Silks worked the streets of New York, rising through the ranks, becoming the executive officer of Queens North.

Through Silks' career he commanded two Bronx precincts, was second-in-command at the Police Academy and worked precincts in Queens and Brooklyn.

Off the job, Silks was a fixture at the U.S. Open, the Five Boro Bike Tour, Shea Stadium and later Citi Field.

Known by his officers and everyone who met him as a warm and generous man, Silks will be remembered for his devotion to the job. His friends would say Chief Silks was married to the police department and that his brothers and sisters in blue were his closest family, Cole says.

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