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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.
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