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

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.

Bio

  • Age 23
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge 212

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Eric, I’m sorry I’ve never dropped you a line in over 16 years. I think of you often and pray that your wife and daughter are taken care of. My favorite memory with you in the brief time I got to work with you was when we were in that car chase in Markham on 159th by the 294 overpass and we ended up catching the dude in that wooded area in unincorporated Markham! You were so pumped and excited, heck we both were! We got the bad guy and no one got hurt. I was sad to see you go to Matteson but happy for you at the same time. I miss you brother in blue! I’m glad I had that time with you! You will never be forgotten! REST IN PEACE -GONZO-

Officer Gonzalez (retired)
Markham/Alsip PD (FRIEND)

August 22, 2019

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