Chief M. Ryan Coffey, of the Chester Police Department in Illinois sadly reports the death of Officer James Brockmeyer.

Officer Brockmeyer, 22, was pursuing a traffic violator when he lost control of his patrol vehicle. The patrol unit left the roadway and overturned. Officer Brockmeyer was trapped inside the vehicle and he sustained critical injuries in the crash. Brockmeyer was transported to Memorial Hospital in Chester where he was pronounced dead.

Fire Chief Marty Bert said Officer Brockmeyer was a volunteer firefighter with his department and had known him since he was sixteen years old. At the age of nineteen, he was sworn in as a firefighter.

Chief Bert said it was the first time he had ever had to extricate one of his own firefighters from a vehicle. It’s a small town, sooner or later, you’re going to have to deal with someone you know personally.

Officer Brockmeyer served the Chester Police Department for ten months and the Chester Fire Department for three years. He had previously served his community with the Chester Natural Gas Company. He is survived by his parents and a sister.

Officer James Brockmeyer-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Friday, October 28, 2016

Graphic done by Rose Borisow GraFX

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