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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Dearest Son,
Twenty years. Twenty years without you physically, but not one moment goes by when you"re not in our thoughts. Our memories of you are vivid. Your Dad and I were talking about how you pulled us over on Valentine's Day. We all laughed. We never imagined that would be the last time we'd see you before you left us. Our lives were forever changed. We thank God for giving you to us. We only wish he would have let you stay longer. There was so much more you wanted to do. Each year we read every reflection and thank everyone who posts. It warms our hearts. We miss you so much. One day we will be joyously reunited. We love you, Eric. ❤

Parents Gene and Dariel DeWit

February 17, 2023

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