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Drunk driver kills Illinois police officer

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April 24, 2006

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Drunk driver kills Illinois police officer

Officer Down: Jeremy Chambers - [Cahokia, Illinois]

Biographical Info

Age: 26

Additional Info: Officer Jeremy Chambers came from a family of police officers. Earl Chambers, his father, is a retired captain with the Cahokia Police Department. Chris Chambers, his brother is a police officer in St. Louis. His sister, Denise Schili, is married to a police officer in Trenton, Ohio.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Chambers died as a result of a head-on collision.

Date of Incident: April 24, 2006

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

CAHOKIA, Ill. — Jeremy Chambers was more than a police officer, his stunned colleagues and friends said after learning that Chambers was killed early Monday morning when his squad car was struck head-on by a driver who police say had been drinking.

Chambers, 26, was a volunteer firefighter who sped to New York to help after the attack on the World Trade Center. He later worked as an emergency medical technician before joining the Cahokia force in 2003, and he was a lifeguard at the Cahokia pool as a teen.

But he was happiest as a cop, said those who watched Chambers develop from the son of a respected officer into a respected officer himself.

Full Story: Crash kills Cahokia officer

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