Police Officer Casey Kohlmeier
Pontiac Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: October 30, 2013
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Jim Woolford
Pontiac Police Department
115 W Howard Street
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: (815) 844-5148
Police Officer Casey Kohlmeier and his canine, Draco, were killed when their patrol car was struck by another vehicle on I-55, near mile 201, at approximately 9:30 pm.
Their patrol car was in a median turnaround when another vehicle left the northbound lanes and struck them during a period of heavy rain. Officer Kohlmeier and K9 Draco both suffered fatal injuries in the collision. The driver of the other vehicle survived.
Officer Kohlmeier had served with the Pontiac Police Department for six years and was assigned to the Livingston County Proactive Unit. He is survived by his parents.
A well-liked K-9 police officer from Pontiac, Ill., was killed in an overnight crash on Interstate 55.
Officer Casey Kohlmeier was sitting in the median along I-55 shortly after midnight when he was struck by another vehicle, police chief James Woolford said.
The dog, Draco, was also killed.
"This is a hole we can’t fill," Woolford said as he fought back tears.
He said Kohlmeier was 29 years old and had been with the department for the last six years. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, the chief said.
Bob Russell, the mayor of the Livingston County city, said he was informed of the crash shortly after midnight, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Woolford said Pontiac, located about 100 miles southwest of Chicago between Joliet and Bloomington, hadn’t lost an officer in the line of duty for at least 19 years.
Kohlmeier was not married and had no children, Woolford said.
The driver of the other vehicle was hospitalized, but Illinois State Police officials declined to release any information because of the ongoing investigation, including as to whether they believed drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.