Mourners Turn Out for Pontiac Officer's FuneralPONTIAC, Ill. (AP) - A long line of mourners, including officers with police dogs, gathered in central Illinois to remember a Pontiac officer who was killed in a crash.
A funeral was held Saturday for 29-year-old Casey Kohlmeier, who died along with his canine partner Draco on Oct. 30. Authorities say Kohlmeier's vehicle was hit by a suspected drunken driver on Interstate 55 near Pontiac, about 85 miles southwest of Chicago.
Officials from the Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home told The (Bloomington) Pantagraph that some mourners waited in three-hour-long line to attend a morning visitation.
Pontiac Police Chief Jim Woolford said Kohlmeier was an exceptional officer who quickly excelled after he joined the froce.
A 33-year-old from South Carolina is charged with aggravated driving under the influence for the wreck.
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