October 31, 2016

James Brockmeyer - Police Officer Fatality - Chester, Illinois

James Brockmeyer
Police Officer James Brockmeyer, age 22, died in the line of duty on October 28, 2016, in Chester, Illinois.

Officer Brockmeyer was a member of the Chester Police Department. He had under one year of service. 

Chester is a city of under 9,000 located 340 miles southwest of Chicago.

At about 10:00 p.m., James was pursuing a vehicle on a rural roadway several miles north of Chester. The driver of the vehicle, Jason Michael Stoker, age 34, of Chester, was wanted by the Police on several charges. He has a lengthy criminal record. 

During the pursuit, James' patrol car left the road and overturned. Tragically, James died of his injuries. 

Jason Stoker is still at large as of this posting. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to call the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office at 618-826-5484 or Illinois State Police at 618-542-2171.

James had been involved in firefighting since he was 16 years old.  He did a great deal of volunteering for the community. 

He had graduated from the Southwestern Illinois Police Academy in April.
Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for
James and for those who have lost him. 

The Chester Police Department is in mourning over the death of their young brother. Police officials state that James was a very well-respected man in the community and a dedicated and professional officer. He will be forever remembered.

James' loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

James is survived by many loving friends and family members including his parents, his sister and his girlfriend.

Thank you for your service to the community, James. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Pray for justice for James.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that James is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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