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Funeral for Slain Illinois Officer Draws Mourners from Across Country

September 08, 2015  | 

In a final tribute punctuated with military tradition and pageantry, police from across the country on Monday honored a fallen Fox Lake, Ill., officer who was shot on the job as he neared retirement, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was laid to rest with full military honors before a grateful community of mourners who stood in lines for hours despite the heat to pay their respects to the veteran officer.

As bagpipes wailed amid a sea of starched blue uniforms, an honor guard attended to the Army veteran's flag-draped casket as it was led out of Antioch Community High School to begin an 18-mile procession to his final resting place.

At Hillside East Cemetery, a final prayer was followed by a three-volley rifle salute. A trumpeter played taps before seven helicopters swooped in from the north in a "V" formation.

His family laid red roses on the top of his casket, capping an emotional, daylong display that authorities said drew officers in more than 1,000 police squads and motorcycles from as far away as California and New York.

As he struggled to keep his composure, Michael Gliniewicz, an Antioch fire lieutenant, eulogized his brother as an officer who was "reasonable, fair and just" and lived his life as if he were on duty "every day, seven days a week, 24 hours a day."

Others remembered the slain officer as a dedicated public servant who rose early, labored hard and loved his work, community and, most of all, his family — wife Mel, whom he married 26 years ago, and sons Joseph, Donald "D.J.", Jeffrey and David.

"Rest easy, my friend," retired Frankfort police Officer Jeff Dalton, who knew Gliniewicz, said during the funeral service. "We've got it from here."

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jon Retired LEO @ 9/8/2015 6:39 PM

A very emotional and beautiful service befitting this officer. May he rest in peace and may God watch over his family and department. Praying for his killers to be brought to justice. The reason the President wasn't there is because he was eating cooked Salmon with Bear Grylls in Alaska. He complained on national television that he didn't have any crackers to go with the fish. He shouldn't complain, at least it was Salmon and not Snake!

kevCopAz @ 9/9/2015 2:47 PM

God rest his soul. Sad when he could have retired years ago. As a Phx retiree who is now working with my County as a sworn Officer, is doubly scary!.

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