Officer & K-9 killed in accident while on patrol

By Betty Simpson |

Published 10/31 2013 12:00PM

Updated 11/01 2013 11:19AM

Latest: 10:01 pm
PONTIAC -- An Illinois police department is trying to cope with the deaths of two beloved officers. Officer Casey Kohlmeier was on routine patrol on I-55 Wednesday night when another vehicle hit his squad car. The 29-year old and his K-9 partner, Draco, were killed.

Kohlmeier was a 6-year veteran with the department and an Air Force veteran. The pair had been a team for five years and went everywhere together. Kohlmeier had always dreamed of working with the FBI and had just applied to the Bureau.

The person who hit Kohlmeier's squad car is in the hospital. It was raining at the time of the crash, but investigators aren't sure if weather was a factor.

In all, five officers have died in the line of duty this year. Only two were killed in 2012.

Draco isn't the only K-9 to die this year. Just three months ago, this K-9, Kali, was also killed in a car accident. She served the Peru Police Department for two years.
Update: 5:02 pm
PONTIAC -- Funeral arrangements are being made for a police officer. 29-year old Casey Kohlmeier was killed Wednesday night while on patrol. Kohlmeier's squad car was hit by another car. His K-9, Draco, was also killed.

Kohlmeier was a 6-year veteran with the department as well as an Air Force veteran. Officers came together to remember his hard work and devotion to the job.

The driver of the other car was hospitalized. Illinois State Police are investigating the crash. Kohlmeier had just applied to join the FBI.

Original: 12:00 pm
PONTIAC -- A police officer and his K-9 were killed in an accident. It happened about 9:30 pm Wednesday on I-55.

29-year old Casey Kohlmeier and Draco were on routine patrol in the median just north of Route 23 when the squad car was hit by another vehicle. The accident is under investigation.

Kohlmeier had been on the force for six years. He had served in the Air Force and applied to the FBI.

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