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Police officer fatalities on the rise

It's a statistic no police officer wants to hear, but it's happening nationwide.


The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports fatalities in the line of duty are up 37 percent from this time last year. Of the 63 reported deaths, 23 involved guns.


It's a danger police officers face, and while gun violence has always been a concern among officers, what's perhaps most concerning now is what's become a common ambush style of attack.


Officers interviewed say 'its things that you don't see coming, those are the ones that really concern us."
So, is it more dangerous now to be a police officer?


It's hard to say. Being an officer, they said, has always been and will be a dangerous job.


"To say that it's more dangerous, I don't know that I would necessarily say that, but there definitely is a lot more specialized training. Police officers are definitely more prepared for those dangerous situations. But you don't let your guard down.


The increase in fatalities to date comes after two years of declines. The year 2013 saw the lowest number of deaths on duty since back in 1959.


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Defibrillator proves big benefit for Herscher Police Department

How important is it to know how to use a defibrillator ? Just ask Herscher Police Lt. Chad Scanlon.

Officer Scanlon's use of the medical device may have saved a life. And Herscher Police Chief Rick Gilbert is saying 'Thank You" to the village board for purchasing four Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which all officers are certified to use.

The devices are used for cardiac arrest cases.

The Herscher Pilot newspaper reports it was May 3rd when Lt. Scanlon responded to a call of a possible heart attack patient. Arriving a head of the ambulance, Scanlon put the Headstart defibrillator to good use. The device, equipped with a speaking mechanism, analyzed the patient's heart rhythm and advised Lt. Scanlon when to administer CPR.

The Pilot reported, the patient had a heart beat in transport by ambulance to Riverside Medical Center.

Police Chief Gilbert said "you can't put a price on that, saving a life."

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Autopsies completed on Dwight shooting victims

                                                    Victims related....

Dwight police confirmed Monday evening that the two women killed sometime early Saturday morning died from gunshot wounds. Autopsies were completed Monday.

A third shooting victim, the man who called 911 around 4:38 am, is recovering.

Investigators have interviewed several people. No suspects have been identified.

The victims, 60-year-old Donna J. Denker and 30-year-old Kelli L. Denker were mother and daughter. Both are from Dwight.

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Corn crop off to a good start

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois corn and soybean crops are off to a good start according to the USDA's weekly crop progress and condition report, released on Monday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.


The corn crop is fully emerged and 76 percent of the corn is rated good or excellent this week.


Ninety-four percent of the Illinois soybean crop is now in the ground, compared to 92 percent last week and ahead of the five-year average, which is 89 percent. This year's pace is also ahead of last year, when just 86 percent of the soybean crop was planted in Illinois.


Eighty-nine percent of the state's soybeans have emerged, which is also well ahead of the 75 percent five-year average. The soybean crop is healthy, with 72 percent in the good or excellent category this week.

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KCC's Duffy named regional scholar

A Kankakee Community College student has been elected as one of five Illinois regional officers for Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.

Kayla Duffy of Watseka will be vice president for the central region of the state. Other regional vice presidents are from the northeastern, southern and northern portions of the state. A statewide president also was elected. The officers were sworn in on June 7 in Elgin.

The statewide officers set and achieve goals for the region, coordinate with chapters and members in their respective districts, and act as liaisons with international Phi Theta Kappa officers.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international academic honor society for community college students. To be eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa, students must have a 3.5 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale. In Illinois, there are 55 Phi Theta Kappa chapters. KCC currently has 200 members of the honor society.

Duffy has been a member of Phi Theta Kappa since October, 2012 and has served as a vice president of the KCC Alpha Delta Eta chapter for two years. She is an early childhood education major who will graduate from KCC in May 2015.

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