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Vigil Held for Chester Officer Killed During Chase

October 31, 2016

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) – About 150 people have attended a vigil for a southern Illinois police officer killed during a chase.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the vigil for 22-year-old Officer James Brockmeyer of the Chester Police Department was held Saturday night at a recreational complex in the city. He died Friday night after his squad car left the roadway and flipped in Randolph County.

Brockmeyer joined the police force 10 months ago. He also had been a volunteer firefighter in the community for three years. Volunteer firefighters were called to the crash scene to help extricate Brockmeyer from his vehicle.

Chester Fire Chief Marty Bert says “it was the first time we had to take one of our own out.”

The driver of the car Brockmeyer was pursuing remained at large Sunday morning.

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