Police Officers From Across the State Honor Officer Casey Kohlmeier

Police Officers From Across the State Honor Officer Casey Kohlmeier

More than 100 police departments showed their support for Pontiac's fallen hero.
PONTIAC – Hundreds of police cars overflowed into a field next to Pontiac Township High School. Officers from across the state made their way to central Illinois to mourn the devastating loss. WMBD’S Alexandra Sutter shows us how the brotherhood is bringing everyone together.

Officers said it’s unexplainable. Jamie Watson, a Sergeant with the Lincolnshire Police Department, said, “It's worth driving you know this distance to pay respects to a fellow police officer."

It’s a bond that binds every row of officers. From small towns like Kewanee to the suburbs of Chicago, more than 100 departments showed their support.

The majority of them never even knew Pontiac Police Officer Casey Kohlmeier and his patrol dog, Draco.

Watson said, you didn’t have to. “"It just shows that the uncertainty in our field that we just stick together and we need to hold on tight to one another because sometimes it's all that we have."

Retired federal agent Mark Hannan said, “I've been in law enforcement for 30 years and it always hits you.”

Hannah said he’s here to help the fallen officer’s family and friends. “Because of the circumstances, our officers and their families never got a chance to say goodbye. This is an opportunity for them to see how the profession helps them and stands by them.”

He works on behalf of a group called, “Concerns of Police Survivors,” guiding Kohlmeier’s loved ones through the grief. “This is just, this is just such an emotional depth that the family's hit when something like this happens.”

Surrounded by those who loved the serviceman most, he was honored with a final salute and on to the place where he’ll rest.

A life lost too soon, but one that made an unforgettable impact.

A few central Illinois departments are stepping up to help their Pontiac brothers and sisters.

The Bloomington, Dwight, and Livingston County Departments are picking up their shifts so the officers have the time they need.

If you want to make a donation in honor of Officer Kohlmeier, you can do so in two different ways.

The family requests donations be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County or K-9 Fund through the Pontiac Police Department.
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