ROCKFORD (WREX) – Monday marks one year since Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox was killed in the line of duty. The grief from the tragic night is still fresh for the city and its officers.
“It’s a heartfelt day for the department, trying to relive one of the darkest days in our history,” says Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea. “It’s a tough time for the community, it’s a tough time for Jaimie’s family, so we just encourage everyone to be there for each other.”
Chief O’Shea says on especially tough days like this, the department makes sure officers know about the counseling services and resources that are available to them. O’Shea says a big piece of how the department has made it through the dark days are citizens.
“The vast majority of the community has been overwhelmingly supportive we can’t thank them enough.”
“I can say it’s re-solidified my belief of what our community is,” says Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara. “I think in times of tremendous challenges we show our best. and i think the days the weeks and now one full year after such a horrific incident, I think our city has shown it’s best. Where we come together and support those on the front lines who are doing their best to make sure we’re safe.”
And while the day is a difficult one, O’Shea says it’s an important one to mark every single year.
“The legacy of Jaimie Cox will never go away. Same with Kevin Rice and the others we’ve lost in the line of duty in previous years. We’ll never forget the dates we lost them in the line of duty.”