Honoring lost member from Rockford police force

Honoring lost member from Rockford police force

Hayley Redner, Reporter

Following the death of Jaimie Cox, a Rockford police officer that was killed in the line of duty at a traffic stop Sunday, November 5, a memorial was held in downtown Rockford to honor his dedication to the work force. Dozens of patrol cars from law enforcement officers escorted the body of Jaimie Cox from OSF St. Anthony Hospital to the Winnebago County Coroner’s office on the 5th. With the Morgan Street bridge in the background and a line of candlelights on the ground dozens of community members, family members, and members of the police force honored Cox’s memory at a vigil held on the 7th. The importance of sticking together during tough times is stressed as there have been seven recent deaths of police officers in the past ten years.

     The vigil, or prayer ceremony, was held at the intersection of College and Seminary Street in Rockford. The exact location was where the shooting occurred at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Many say the tragedy has brought the community together. Grace Kahler (‘18) says, “People need to learn to stick together, there’s no need for violence like this.” The vigil was simply a time to say good-bye and thank you to Officer Cox. Cox’s family says they are very grateful for everyone who has taken the time to honor Cox in any way. Hannah Johnson (‘18) says, “I think it’s a great thing to take time to honor someone that passed in the police force, they risked their lives to make our community safer.” Communities everywhere need to realize violence isn’t the resolution.