Mourners turn out for Pontiac officer's funeral

Mourners turn out for Pontiac officer's funeral

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Officer Casey J. Kohlmeier and his partner Draco. (Photos courtesy of Pontiac Police) Officer Casey J. Kohlmeier and his partner Draco. (Photos courtesy of Pontiac Police)
Officer Casey J. Kohlmeier and his partner Draco. (Photos courtesy of Pontiac Police) Officer Casey J. Kohlmeier and his partner Draco. (Photos courtesy of Pontiac Police)
PONTIAC, Ill. (Associated Press) -

A long line of mourners, including officers with police dogs, gathered in central Illinois to remember a Pontiac officer who was killed in a crash.

A funeral was held Saturday for 29-year-old Casey Kohlmeier, who died along with his canine partner Draco on Oct. 30. Authorities say Kohlmeier's vehicle was hit by a suspected drunken driver on Interstate 55 near Pontiac, about 85 miles southwest of Chicago.

Officials from the Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home told The (Bloomington) Pantagraph that some mourners waited in three-hour-long line to attend a morning visitation.

Pontiac Police Chief Jim Woolford said Kohlmeier was an exceptional officer who quickly excelled after he joined the force.

A 33-year-old from South Carolina is charged with aggravated driving under the influence for the wreck.

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