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Police Officer Christopher Neil Oberheim

Champaign Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, May 19, 2021

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Reflections for Police Officer Christopher Neil Oberheim

It's hard to believe it's been one year since we lost you. Several of us went out to DC for Police Week and saw your name on the wall. The first time I saw your name on the wall, it got to me. We have been doing our best to take care of your girls- I know you are proud of them. They are straight up rockstars and some of the strongest women I have ever known. You are not forgotten and we continue to honor your memory. We miss you brother.


May 19, 2022

My deepest condolences on this 1 year anniversary of a HERO going home. May god bless #703’s family…

Deputy Mayo #525
Champaign County Sheriffs Patrol

May 19, 2022

My sincere condolences to all of Chris's family and many, many friends. R.I.P. brother.

Det Roger Ryan
Decatur Police Dept (retired)

July 6, 2021

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

June 27, 2021

I never met you, but I know many brave men who worked beside you every day. I pray for your family and the blue family that you left behind due to someone's actions that fateful night. As I follow the news stories in the wake of your sacrifice, I am amazed at the small group of supporters that have risen up to hold vigils in your honor. Just the other day, so many people marched from the PD to City Hall to hold the City Council accountable for you and your brothers and sisters. Thank you for your sacrifice and Rest in Peace.

Tim Hall

June 17, 2021

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
one’s character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

CBP Officer(retired), Luis R Otero
DHS/Bureau of Customs and Border Protection

June 15, 2021

Thank you Officer Oberhiem for your service and sacrifice to the people of Illinois, it will never be forgotten. My deepest heartfelt condolences and prayers to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at the Champaign Police Department. God bless you, Brother and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Sergeant Craig Danielson
West Fargo Police Department
West Fargo, ND

June 12, 2021

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Oberheim. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Champaign Police Officer.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

June 3, 2021

So sad to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers, and friends.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

May 31, 2021

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

May 29, 2021

I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Officer Oberheim. I am truly sorry for your loss. Officer Oberheim lived a life of service to the people of Illinois and his sacrifice will not be forgotten. I am praying for your comfort and peace.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

May 28, 2021

Another "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County PD., NY

May 27, 2021

RIP Chris. I remember working with you in Decatur. You were a consummate professional and always a pleasure to work with.

R (former ASA)

May 27, 2021



May 26, 2021

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whose blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

May 25, 2021

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

Captain E.Kemmer
Nevada Department of Public Safety

May 25, 2021

"Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God." Matt. 5:9

May God hold you in the palm of His hand. We honor our brave hero - Officer Chris Oberheim. Our sincere Prayers for your precious family, both Blood and Blue!

You made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve our community. We will never forget you, and we will always remember that we are a little less safe, now that your watch has come to an end. May we all reflect and learn from your sacrifice. You are a true hero!

"Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for a friend." John 15:3

We salute you Officer Chris Oberheim!

Rev. Eugene & Aisha Stiel

May 24, 2021

Rest in peace brother, we'll take it from here. Thank you for your service, you will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer Oberheim during this time of tragic and senseless loss.

Donnie Meaders
Okfuskee County (OK) Sheriff's Dept, Retired

May 24, 2021

Thank you for your service sir, i am doing a report for school (im in 7th grade) and i am going to do it on you you are a true hero. im ging to be a police officer just like you one day.

Going to be a police officer /austyn n
dont know

May 24, 2021

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service. God's speed sir.

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden & State Trooper (Retired)

May 23, 2021

Officer Oberheim,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

May 23, 2021

RIP Officer Oberheim. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Champaign and Decatur

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

May 23, 2021

Officer Oberheim, there is much evil in this world and you put your life in danger each and every day of your dedicated selfless service that your community may live in safety. Your reward in heaven will be abundant. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

May 23, 2021

We NEVER forget

Mark C Medlyn 749 retired
Champaign IL PD

May 22, 2021

God bless and give peace to your family and the Champaign PD. You are a warrior and answered the call, giving your life for someone you probably didn’t even know. I pray the highest of honors will be placed upon you, and your family will always know what a hero you really are. Rest In Peace Officer Oberheim. God bless and give peace to the thin blue line.

Police Officer John Darge
South Chicago Heights Police Dept

May 22, 2021

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