BELLEVILLE — During the June 19 presentation of the Illinois Society of Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Award, the Lewis and Clark chapter of the SAR honored fallen Chester Police Officer James Brockmeyer.
Brockmeyer died Oct. 28, 2016, while in pursuit of Jason Stoker, whom he tried to stop earlier that evening. Stoker led Brockmeyer on a chase in rural Randolph County, which resulted in Brockmeyer crashing his police vehicle. He died as a result of the incident. In a news release from the SAR, Brian Cutler, the chapter's law enforcement chairman, said he believed Brockmeyer, despite being new to the job, understood his duty.
“I'm certain that Officer Brockmeyer had a complete understanding of public service, duty and sacrifice,” Cutler said.
Brockmeyer had also served as part of Chester’s fire department and his former fire chief Marty Bert accepted the award on behalf of Brockmeyer and his family.
Bert also weighed in on Brockmeyer’s service record.
“James really enjoyed serving the community, so he eventually became a police officer, and he served the community well,” Bert said.