Police Officer Jeremy Hubbard Cowden Police Department Illinois End of Watch: Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Photograph: Police Officer Jeremy Hubbard Patch image: Cowden Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer Jeremy Hubbard
Cowden Police Department
Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
Date of Incident: Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Info: At large

Officer Jeremy Hubbard was killed during a pursuit of a pickup truck whose driver was suspected of diesel gas theft at 6:40 pm from a service station in Staunton in Macoupin County.
After Benld and Gillespie officers had both terminated their pursuits, Officer Hubbard observed the vehicle without license plates traveling on North First Street at 8:00 pm and attempted to make a traffic stop. Officer Hubbard pursued the vehicle approximately 15 miles when the patrol car went out of control and overturned in a cornfield on Illinois Route 128, one mile south of U.S. 40, near Altamont in Effingham County. The suspect continued fleeing and remains at large.
Officer Hubbard was ejected from the patrol car and had been airlifted from the scene when the medical helicopter was diverted to Greenville Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An officer trainee, who was riding with Officer Hubbard, was injured but survived.
Officer Hubbard had served as one of the Cowden Police Department’s two part-time officers for four years. He is survived by his wife and 8- and 13-year-old sons.

Agency Contact Information
Cowden Police Department
Attn: Village President
P.O. Box 86
Cowden, IL 62422
Phone: (217) 783-2517
Please contact the Cowden Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

www.officer.com

SHELBYVILLE, Ill. — A Cowden police officer was killed in the line of duty Tuesday evening.

Officer Jeremy Hubbard of Watson died as a result of injuries when he lost control of the police vehicle he was driving on a rural Effingham county road.

According to the Illinois District 12 office in Effingham, the officer was in pursuit of a vehicle registration violator shortly after 8 p.m.

The chase began in Cowden and continued into Effingham County about one mile south of the Route 128 and State Highway 40 junction where Hubbard lost control of his vehicle, running off the roadway into a cornfield and overturning several times.

The officer was thrown from the vehicle. He was taken to Greenville Regional Hospital in Bond County where he died.

A passenger in the vehicle, Jessica Stuckemeyer, 22, of Cowden, was transported to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis where she is being treated for minor injuries. Stuckemeyer was riding with Hubbard in preparation for entering police training.

"It is a tragedy for our community. Jeremy was a very upstanding officer and a good man all around. He leaves a wife and two young boys. He will be truly missed," said acting Cowden Police Chief John Dilger.

The driver Hubbard was pursuing remains at large.

The incident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

A special educational fund has been set up at Community Banks of Shelby County for Hubbard’s children. Donations may be sent to the bank at P.O. Box 157, Cowden IL 62422.

His wife, Trisha Hubbard, said her husband loved being a police officer so that he could help people. His goal was to become a full-time officer.

"He died doing what he loved to do," said Trisha Hubbard, 35. "He lived it. He loved it."

Before his shift Tuesday, Trisha Hubbard said she and her husband hugged and said they loved each other. She said she knew the dangers of police work but thought he would be OK.

“It’s a small town so I thought he would be safe,” she said.

Hubbard had two sons, Dylan, 13, and Jordan, 8.

Cowden, a village of about 600 people about 100 miles northeast of St. Louis, has a part-time police force: Hubbard and one other officer.

Illinois State Police ask anyone with information about the driver or truck to call 217-347-2711.

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