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Police Officer Eric Eugene DeWit | Matteson Police Department, Illinois Matteson Police Department, Illinois

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Eric Eugene DeWit

Matteson Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, February 17, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 4 months

Badge # 212

Cause: Automobile crash

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Officer Eric DeWit was killed in an automobile accident while he and his partner were on patrol at 3:25 am.

A vehicle had turned in front of their patrol car at the intersection of Sauk Trail and Kostner Avenue, in Richton Park, causing Officer DeWit to take evasive action to avoid a collision. Their patrol car struck a fire hydrant, causing fatal injuries to Officer DeWit and minor injuries to his partner.

Officer DeWit had served with the Matteson Police Department for only four months. He was survived by his wife and 1-month-old daughter.

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It's been 15 years since I last saw you. I remember when you were a patrol officer for the City of Markham Police Department and I was a patrolman for the Markham Park District Police Department. You backed me up when I was dealing with some unreasonable subjects at a district field house. We hit it off instantly. You were very professional and diplomatic. I will never forget you my brother in blue! Rest easy my friend.

Deputy Pharoah M. Halbert
Cook County Sheriff's Office, Cook County, Illinois
July 24, 2017


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