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Police Officer Scot Fitzgerald | South Jacksonville Police Department, Illinois South Jacksonville Police Department, Illinois

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Scot Fitzgerald

South Jacksonville Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, March 4, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 1 year, 5 months

Badge # 561

Cause: Automobile accident

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Police Officer Scot Fitzgerald was killed when his patrol car and an ambulance collided while en route to a medical call shortly before 9:00 pm.

The ambulance was driving behind his patrol on Route 267, approximately one mile north of Nortonville Road, as they attempted to locate the address for the call. Officer Fitzgerald pulled to the right shoulder and then attempted to make a U-turn, but pulled into the path of the ambulance.

He and the three EMTs in the ambulance were transported to area hospitals. Officer Fitzgerald succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Officer Fitzgerald had served with the South Jacksonville Police Department for 17 months. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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I had retired from the Morgan County Il Sheriff's Office before I had an opportunity to meet or work with Scot. Having lost a fellow deputy I know how much pain is felt then and years later. In time you get through it, but never over it. To quote Joseph Wambaugh "semper cop"

Sgt. Tom Rust (ret)
S.O. Morgan County, Il.
November 29, 2016

 

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