Police Officer Eric Eugene DeWit

Police Officer Eric Eugene DeWit

Matteson Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, February 17, 2003

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Eric Eugene DeWit

Police Officer Eric DeWit was killed in an automobile crash 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.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge 212

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

routine driving

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I have never posted on this page. Most that know me would never consider me a reflective, emotional person. They just don't know. 19 years passes in a blink of an eye, except I'm sure for your loved ones. For them, it's an eternity. A son, sibling, husband and father. I still remember receiving a phone call that night. A hero has fallen. That week moved in slow motion for so many. As time passes, the sting of loss remains. But a hero remembered is never truly gone. And your memory will always live, not only with your brothers and sisters in the Matteson Police Department, but those who patrol other streets, in other communities, and see Star 212 on every Matteson Patrol Vehicle. A Place of Honor sits vacant in the Matteson Police Department Training Room, so that every person who enters will know of a hero's sacrifice.

Sergeant Robert Wilson
Matteson Police Department

February 15, 2022

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