Hundreds gather for funeral of fallen Bradley Police Sergeant Marlene Rittmanic – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – Hundreds of people came out on Friday morning to show their support and love for the family of the late Police Sergeant Bradley. Marlene Rittmanic at her funeral.

Rittmanic, who was shot and killed in the line of duty last week, is remembered as a public servant who clearly loved her community of Bradley, as her loved ones gathered for her funeral at Hawkins Centennial Chapel on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.

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Rittmanic, 49, was gunned down on Dec. 30 after responding to a call from barking dogs in an unattended car at the Comfort Inn at 1500 N. Illinois Highway 50 in Bradley, Illinois. His partner, Tyler Baile, was seriously injured in the same shooting.

CBS 2’s Meredith Barack reports that family, friends, community members and fellow Ritmanic cops from across the country filled the chapel for a moving memorial filled with tears, reflection and even moments of laughter.

Family has described Rittmanic as a published poet, amateur photographer, and film producer for family events, Bradley Police Department recruiting, and community events. She also won the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award in 2020.

Those who knew her best spoke of her love and encouragement.

RIttmanic’s wife Lyn Stua said she was angry, but wanted to talk about the woman with whom she shared much of her life.

Stua spoke of his late wife’s contagious smile and how she was his best friend. She also spoke about Rittmanic’s love for their dogs and the dreams they had for the rest of their lives.

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Meanwhile, a fellow officer read one of Rittmanic’s poems:

The color we bleed is Deep Blue,
the blood that is shed is without asking for whom.

No time to be afraid, no time to cry,
no choice in what we do,
where we go ow when we die.
The color we bleed is Deep Blue.
Too often, we’ll pay the ultimate price,
Those who wear the uniform
accept this sacrifice.

Beyond Call of Duty, one day could
be mine, no regrets, sorrow or fear like
I am walking on the blue line.

The color I’ll Bleed is that of Deep Blue

Following the funeral, hundreds of law enforcement vehicles will take part in a procession to escort his body to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, where Rittmanic will rest on a private service.

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The public is invited to walk the route of the procession to show their support.

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