(CBS) — Family, friends and colleagues said goodbye Monday to slain Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz.
Not one ounce of respect was spared as a community and a nation said goodbye to an officer affectionately known as “G.I. Joe,” who was found fatally shot last Tuesday after telling co-workers he was pursuing three suspects.READ MORE: Belmont Cragin Carjacking Leads To Fiery Crash, Multiple Other Parked Cars Struck
“When we were growing up, we all knew Joe was a hero, but now the nation knows he’s a hero,” the officer’s brother, Michael Gliniewicz, told mourners who filled Antioch High School.
Many people who attended never even knew the fallen officer.
“We all wear the same badge and do the same job,” says New York Police Officer Mike Nicoletti, who traveled cross-country to pay his respects. “When one of us gets hurt, we all get hurt.”
After the funeral, a procession began making its way through Fox Lake on its way to Hillside East Cemetery in Antioch, where the more than 30-year veteran and father of four was to be buried in full military honors.
CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports it was majestic and emotional Lt. Gliniewicz’ flag draped casket was escorted into his old high school. Leading the way was his son in the Army.
“We are all brothers in blue, we all bond together so when one of ours falls we all fall,” said village of Oak Hills Police Chief Peter Goldman.
Not far behind, the lieutenant’s widow surrounded by a seemingly endless gathering of officers.
“It’s just one big family,” said Amtrack Railroad Police Officer John Niles. “We are here for each other, through the good and through the bad.”