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Patrol Officer Kenneth R. Dawson | Wheeling Police Department, Illinois Wheeling Police Department, Illinois

Patrol Officer

Kenneth R. Dawson

Wheeling Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 5, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 123

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Death sentence commuted

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Patrol Officer Kenneth Dawson was shot and killed while responding to a burglary call on Cleo Court.

The suspect was convicted of murder, attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping and armed robbery, and sentenced to death. On January 11, 2003, the outgoing governor granted clemency to all 167 Illinois death row inmates as one of his last acts in office. The inmate's sentence was commuted to life without parole.

Officer Dawson had served with the Wheeling Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and three daughters.

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Officer Dawson was a great police officer and individual. I was a rookie who was fortunate enough to have Ken as a training officer and friend. Rest in Peace.

Lt. William E. Behnke
Bannockburn IL. PD Retired
August 2, 2014


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