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Sergeant Gregory Martin Sears | Hampshire Police Department, Illinois Hampshire Police Department, Illinois

Sergeant

Gregory Martin Sears

Hampshire Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, June 1, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 101

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/1/2000

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Suspect: Acquitted

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Sergeant Gregory Sears was shot and killed while on routine patrol in an industrial area near U.S. 20 and Interstate 90.

A witness heard several shots and found his body approximately 20 feet from his cruiser. Sergeant Sears was wearing a bullet-resistant vest and still had his weapon in his holster. A suspect was arrested the next day after an investigation by local authorities, but was acquitted of the charges on March 26, 2002.

Sergeant Sears had served with the Hampshire Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and parents.

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"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

You were my friend and I miss you

Deputy James Seidelman
May 2, 2014

 

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