We are still in shock around here after Fox Lake, Illinois, police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was killed while in pursuit of three suspects on September 1st. This started a huge local manhunt in the area that, unfortunately, as of today, has not resulted in their capture.
Everywhere you look, you see flags at half mast and lots of blue and black ribbons as well as handmade signs. Blue Lives Matter. The local stores have had a run on blue lights as people are putting them into outdoor lights, including us.
On labor Day, September 7th, we went to the American Legion (where he once was a member) and watched his funeral in nearby Antioch and then went out to US-12 (Rand Road) where we watched some 1,500 police vehicles and motorcycles pass by in a procession that took nearly two hours. We saw the hearse near the end. There were cops from all over Illinois and many from faraway cities like Los Angeles, New York City and Los Angeles. Very impressive and solemn and lots of thanks both from the procession and the people on the sides of the road. No sirens, just flashing lights.
This past Saturday, we had a benefit for him at the Fox lake American Legion and raised several thousand dollars for his family. Many local places are also having benefits in the coming months.
A Village and Area Mourn the death of One of Our Blue Men.