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Joseph ‘Terry’ Shields, retired Chicago Police lieutenant

Joseph Shields

Joseph Shields

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Updated: October 15, 2013 7:24AM

Former Chicago Police Lt. Joseph “Terry” Shields often gave younger police officers the same advice his father — also a cop — had given to him: “You’re going to meet enough enemies on this job, shake a hand and make some friends.”

And in a 35-year career as a Chicago police officer, that’s what he did.

“My dad knew a million people in Chicago,” his son Michael said. “Every single place I’ve been, somebody comes up and always says ‘I know your dad.’ “

Mr. Shields, who retired from the police department on St. Patrick’s Day, 2001, died Monday while on a fishing trip in Oconto County, north of Green Bay, Wis. He was 70.

He joined the police department in 1966, became a sergeant in 1974 and later scored No. 1 on the lieutenant’s test, moving to that rank in 1978.

Among many posts he held as a lieutenant, Mr. Shields led the department’s Evidence and Recovered Property Section for 13 years.

“He was smart, very knowledgeable and fair” said Michael Underwood, a police officer who worked under Mr. Shields and became a lifelong friend.

“He wasn’t a lawyer, but he could have written law books,” Underwood said.

Mr. Shields was a supportive boss and mentor to many, said Michael Shields, who is a police officer himself and is president of the Fraternal Order of Police, the union for Chicago police officers.

“My dad was a lieutenant who stood up for patrolmen at all times,” his son said. “He always had the back of the patrolman.”

Mr. Shields grew up in Rogers Park, graduated from Loyola Academy and earned a degree in accounting from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.

After two years as an accountant he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and joined the force.

He was on patrol in his old Rogers Park neighborhood when his partner introduced him to his future wife, Carol Kelly, as she was walking out of St. Ignatius Church.

They were married in 1969.

A longtime resident of the Forest Glen neighborhood, Mr. Shields often worked one or two extra jobs in order to send his four children to Catholic schools.

For the past 18 years, he was director of security for General Iron Industries.

“He was a just a happy man, and it rubbed off on people,” Underwood said.

Other survivors include a son, Daniel, also a police officer; two daughters, Tracy Shields and Megan Shields; and nine grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, from 3 to 9 p.m., at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N. Cicero Ave. Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at Queen of All Saints Basilica, 6280 N. Sauganash, followed by interment at All Saints Cemetery, 700 N. River Road, Des Plaines.

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