Ill. officer, K-9 partner killed in crash
Officer Casey Kohlmeier, 29, and his K-9 Draco were parked in a median when their cruiser was struck by another vehicle
Duty Death: Casey Kohlmeier - [Pontiac, Illinois]
End of Service: 10/30/2013
By PoliceOne Staff
PONTIAC, Ill. — A K-9 officer and his K-9 partner were killed in a crash Wednesday night after a vehicle slammed into the officer’s parked cruiser.
Officer Casey Kohlmeier, 29, and his K-9 Draco were sitting in the median along I-55 shortly after midnight when they were struck by another vehicle, police chief James Woolford told NBC Chicago.
"This is a hole we can't fill," Woolford said as he fought back tears.
Kohlmeier was an Air Force veteran who had been with the Pontiac police 6 years.
The driver of the other vehicle was hospitalized but their condition is unknown, according to the report.
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