Posted on Facebook and worth repeating:
A Message from Vernon Hills Chief Mark Fleischhauer –
The tragic death of Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Gliniewicz earlier this week has had a profound effect on everyone across the country. No one would have believed that something this horrific could happen here in our communities.
I would like to personally thank all the members of our community that called, e-mailed, sent cards, or dropped off food for the members of our department. I think I can speak for all of our officers when I say that we have not seen this much outpouring of support for law enforcement since the events of September 11, 2001. Personally, virtually everywhere I have been this week, people that I have never met have offered their condolences, thanked me for our service and for the work we do in the community. They have offered to buy us lunch, a cup of coffee, or to just talk for a few moments. Many of our officers have related similar experiences.
Recent events across the country have focused a lot of negative attention on law enforcement and how we perform our duties. On behalf of the men and women of the Vernon Hills Police Department, I would like to say thank you to all the members of our community who have always stood with us and supported us. I believe that Lieutenant Gliniewicz would be proud to see the level of support that has been expressed for law enforcement in each of our communities.
On Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13, the Vernon Hills Police Department will be hosting the annual Law Enforcement Exhibition at Westfield Hawthorn Mall. There will be approximately 25 law enforcement agencies represented from across Lake and Cook County. We invite you to stop by, meet some of the law enforcement officers from your community, and say thanks. I know they would appreciate it.