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Sergeant Wilford Ray Lewis | Bradley Police Department, Illinois Bradley Police Department, Illinois


Wilford Ray Lewis

Bradley Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, November 20, 1997

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Age: 50

Tour: 22 years

Badge # 532

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Sergeant Wilford Lewis was struck by a vehicle at 12:55 am while investigating an accident with injuries on Interstate 57 northbound at exit 315. While he was at the scene a 21-year-old driver, who was distracted by all of the emergency equipment, struck Sergeant Lewis as he stood on the side of the road.

Sergeant Lewis was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee where he was pronounced dead at 1:10 am.

Sergeant Lewis had served with the Bradley Police Department for 22 years and had turned 50 years of age the day before the accident.

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Sergeant Wil Lewis Family, Friends, and co-workers:

It has been a long time since November 20, 1997, when you made the ultimate sacrifice, while serving the people of Bradley. I was very happy to hear that you are fondly remembered and not forgotten. Thank you for your service to the public, rest in peace brother, your watch has been over for sometime now, your brothers in blue got it covered for you. I hope they continue to remember you, and your enormous sacrifice for the people of Bradley.

We as police officers take risks, suffer inconveniences, receive personal injury and pain, to protect the lives, defend civil liberties, secure the safety of fellow citizens, Police work is one of the more noble and selfless occupations in society. Making a difference in the quality of life is an opportunity that policing provides, and few other professions can offer. We strive to insure that ALL Lives matter, and hold the preservation of human life, above all. However, when a dangerous and violent criminal element threatens the safety of society, Police officers take bold decisive action to stop the threat, and preserve the innocent victims way of life, whomever that victim may be. In Roman times, prior to modern police departments there were the Roman Centurions, they protected Roman society. In modern times, the weak and injured, the meek and lame, the everyday citizen, depend on a modern police department to protect them, and preserve thier way of life. These unselfish public servants are up all night, out in all weather, always on patrol, always looking for criminal activity. because of this omnipresence people can rest easy in thier homes, secure in thier safety. Protected by thier local police department. These brave men and woman are “The New Centurions”.

Commander H. Ross Fuller
Metra Police Department
May 26, 2016


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