Retired Arlington Heights Deputy Police Chief Andrew Whowell Dies Unexpectedly at Home

Arlington Heights Police Department Deputy Chief Andrew Whowell
Arlington Heights Police Department Deputy Chief Andrew Whowell

Dedicated retired Deputy Police Chief Andrew Whowell passed away unexpectedly at home in Arlington Heights on Sunday December 1, 2019, according to friends.

UPDATE …
Services Announced for Retired Arlington Heights Deputy Police Chief Andrew Thomas Whowell

The Arlington Heights Police Department also announced “with a heavy heart and great sadness that the Police Department conveys the passing of retired Deputy Chief Andy Whowell on December 1, 2019” on the police department’s official Facebook page. Deputy Chief Andrew Whowell retired in 2017 after dedicating 30 years of service to the Arlington Heights Police Department and the Arlington Heights community.

Please keep Andy’s family, friends & colleagues in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

— Arlington Heights Police Department

Deputy Chief Andrew Whowell was an extremely supportive and reliable servant to the community with a heart of gold and a great sense of humor.

Even in retirement he served by using his carpentry skills to build homes for Habitat for Humanity in the southeast United States.

He was enjoying retirement as a resident of Arlington Heights and had recently served at St Peter Lutheran Church and School on Thanksgiving weekend just before his death.

As commander or deputy chief, Andrew Whowell was frequently an outgoing and informative spokesperson for the Arlington Heights Police Department. Whowell gave the first press conference when Arlington Heights Police Officer Michael McEvoy was shot and critically injured on Thursday December 12, 2013 near Palatine Road and Arlington Heights Road. After the first press conference when McEvoy’s identity was released, Whowell described McEvoy as a “Go-to Guy” and highly regarded on the Arlington Heights Police Department.

He was also the first official to offer information about a frightening chainsaw attack in an office complex on Golf Road in Arlington Heights.

Commander Andrew Whowell giving the first press conference after Arlington Heights police officer was shot at a townhouse near Arlington Heights Road and Palatine Road (Whowell interview begins at 1:41).

Arlington Heights Police Deputy Chief Andrew Whowell giving first press conference after chainsaw attack at office complex on Golf Road (Whowell interview begins at 1:14).

Arlington Heights Police Department Deputy Chief Andrew Whowell
Arlington Heights Police Department Deputy Chief Andrew Whowell.

Deputy Chief Andrew Whowell will be greatly missed.

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Arlington Heights Police Department Deputy Chief Andrew Whowell
Arlington Heights Police Department Deputy Chief Andrew Whowell.