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Posted on: May 11, 2018

37th Will County Law Enforcement Memorial Day

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Crest Hill Police Chief Ed Clark presided over the 37th Will County Law Enforcement Memorial Day held on May 10 at the Will County Courthouse in downtown Joliet. With blue skies and sun shining down, there stood men and women in uniform from all over Will County's law enforcement districts and municipalities. Joliet Police Pipes and Drums rang in the ceremony as they marched to the front lawn of the courthouse where the Will County Law Enforcement Memorial resides. Chief Clark, currently the President of the Police Chiefs Association of Will County, was given the privilege to host the inspiring event that allows fellow police brethren and spectators to honor those who have lost their lives and continue to risk their lives to keep their communities safe. 

In traditional fashion, the Joliet Police Honor Guard was ordered the posting of colors while Valerie Giuliani and the Homer Junior High and Lockport Township High School Quintet performed the National Anthem. Justice Mary K. O'Brien of the Third District Appellate Court of Illinois gave a moving speech while reflecting on the words and actions of President John F. Kennedy who proclaimed May 15 be Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 4, 1963. 

Crest Hill's own Chaney-Monge Junior High escorted the Lockport Police Honor Guard with the Presentation of the Wreath as "Amazing Grace" was played by the Joliet Police Pipes & Drums. In a humble and respectful manner, Chief Clark directed roll call for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice as a Will County law enforcement agent (the list of names is below). Finally, Will County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard fired off the customary 21-Gun Rifle Salute as Sgt. Philip Stice and Officer Eric Zettergren of the Joliet Police Department fulfilled the ceremonial "Taps."

Although there is considerable sadness as we remember those who gave their lives serving in law enforcement, there is certainly great peace in knowing that those who continue to serve strive to make our streets, homes, and lives safe. Thank you for all that you do for your communities. 


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In Memorium:

Joseph Clark, 1865, Joliet Correctional Center

Francis Delong, 1896, Joliet Constable

Ernest Mueller, 1924, Frankfort Constable

Walter Weiss, 1924, Joliet Police Department

Walter Fisher, 1926, Will County Sheriff's Police

Peter Klein, 1926, Joliet Correctional Center

John Murphy, 1927, Joliet Police Department

Carl Dubson, 1929, Lockport Police Department

Frank Schwartz, 1930, Illinois State Police

John McCabe, 1933, Illinois State Police

Edward McAsey, 1944, Stateville Correctional Center

Zoeth Skaggs, 1944, Stateville Correctional Center

Louis Barney, 1954, Joliet Police Department

William D. Miller, 1954, Illinois Conservation Police

James Nink, 1967, Crest Hill Police Department

Richard Warner, 1969, Illinois State Police

William Loscheider, 1970, Joliet Police Department

James Zeiger, 1973, Stateville Correctional Center

Jeffrey Hopkins, 1975, Joliet Police Department

Peter Burd, 1977, Stateville Correctional Center

Denis Foley, 1983, Will County Auxiliary

Steve Mayer, 1983, Will County Auxiliary

Martin Murrin, 1984, Will County Police Department

Raymond Topolewski, 1985, Will County Sheriff's Police

Henry Washington, 1986, Illinois Youth Center

Daniel Jarema, 1988, Lockport Police Department

Suon Troeung, 1988, Stateville Correctional Center

Lawrence Kush, 1989, Stateville Correctional Center

Robert Kolowski, 1993, Illinois State Police

Tim Simenson, 1994, Crest Hill Police Department

Erin Hehl, 1997, Illinois State Police

Terrance Loftus, 2004, US Drug Enforcement Administration

Jonathan Walsh, 2004, Joliet Police Department

Tracy E Cooper, 2010 Stateville Correctional Center

Kevin J. Brewer, 2017, Will County Sheriff's Office

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