Sharing some great news from our friends at Bradley Police Department!ILLINOIS STATE POLICE RELEASE UPDATED STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILY OF BRADLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER TYLER BAILEY
*Sent Out on Behalf of the Bradley Police Department*
Twenty-three days ago, our community lost Sergeant Marlene Rittmanic. It feels like months have passed since that night in December, but it has been just twenty-three days. Over that time, we have watched an immense outpouring of love and kindness during her procession, the services, and when she was laid to rest. She was a true hero, and we miss her dearly. The entire community rallied together to show their unconditional support for her, and we could not have been more proud of the legacy she left for us.
Twenty-three days ago, we also got the heart-wrenching call that Tyler was involved in this senseless shooting and poised ourselves to hear that we may never see him again. In the short period since that night, we have given one release regarding Tyler’s condition, delivered by Deputy Chief Anderson during an emotional press conference. At that time, we thanked everyone who was involved in saving Tyler’s life that night, and we continue to be grateful to all of those officers, first responders, doctors, nurses and medical personnel that make it possible for our family to release a second update on Tyler and his progress over this short period. We continue to be thankful for the respect and privacy everyone has allowed us to have during this time. It has made the journey much easier on Tyler’s family, and we appreciate everyone’s continued display of kindness in that respect.
These past few weeks, we have witnessed firsthand a community come together in support of their police officers by flying flags, tying blue ribbons on their trees, and turning their front porches blue each night to show their support. We pray that the community continues to show the same level of compassion to all of our police officers. Despite experiencing firsthand, the dangers they face simply doing their job, our local police officers continue to serve us every day, risking their lives for ours every time they put on the badge.
We are humbled by the number of events that have occurred already and those that are scheduled to happen over the next few months to support not only Tyler, but his wife Sydney as well. She has been able to stay at Tyler’s side this entire time, holding his hand so that he always feels her touch, talking to him so that he hears a voice he knows and loves. This would not be possible without the support and generosity of everyone involved.
In the days following the incident, we stood by simply praying Tyler would survive. During the following three weeks, we have watched Tyler give everything he has to fight for his life. We thank God every day that Tyler is strong and is able to push back against these injuries. He has displayed small improvements on almost a daily basis and has reached real milestones in his recovery over this short time. Earlier this week, after almost three weeks in the intensive care unit, Tyler was strong enough to be released from the ICU to standard hospital care. He is no longer in critical condition, he is stable, and he is getting ready to start the next chapter of his recovery. It appears likely that Tyler will soon be released from the hospital to begin his next phase of treatment. While there remains a long road ahead for Tyler in his recovery, it’s an incredible feeling to be able to share this information with the community that has been with us every step of the way.
We will do our best to keep the community updated with Tyler’s future progress as he heals. We are eternally grateful for the support Tyler and Sydney have received in these short twenty-three days. We are so proud of Tyler and his courageous fight. We wish Marlene was here to see it as well, but we know she is watching out for Tyler from above.
Steer clear of the area and find alternative routes!BREAKING NEWS - Northbound I-55 at River Road, Wilmington is being shutdown for rear-end collision involving a semi-truck vs. small vehicle at the 244.5 mile marker near Arsenal Road. Air ambulance notified but canceled. Coroner later notified. Avoid I-55 as this is the second accident in area within 15 minutes of each other. Everyone be safe! ... See MoreSee Less
On 01/11/2022 an armed robbery occurred at the Gas 4 Less station on Baltimore St at approximately 10:00 pm. The suspect appears to be a white male with a beard and glasses. The vehicle appears to be a newer model sedan, and approached the business from the north on Kankakee St.
We understand the still photos below are not the best quality, but they are what we have available to us at this time. This was an isolated incident, with no additional threat to the community or surrounding area at this time.
If anyone is able to provide any possible ID of this subject shown below, or locates video on home security cameras that may be helpful in this investigation please contact Detective Sergeant Sullivan at the information shown below.
This is the police department who overlooked evidence WITH THE KILLERS NAME ONE IT! A murderer and sexual assault of a 3 year old girl! Overlooking evidence, so much evidence! You should and ALWAYS REMAIN ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES! Shoes with murders name, suicide attempt where he asks about Riley, sightings of a red car, dna evidence and went on a witch hunt on RILEYS FATHER WHO WAS INNOCENT! If you overlooked one piece of evidence maybe I could see that being a mistake but all the evidence WITH THE KILLERS NAME ON IT?’ Hope this taught the department something. You further damaged an already traumatized family. You should be embarrassed.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Kankakee River. Please use caution.
"At 9:45 AM CST Saturday the stage was 6.0 feet. Law Enforcement and river ice spotters have reported an ice jam near the I-55 bridge. - Forecast...Based upon similar previous ice jams, the stage at the Wilmington river gauge may rise to 7 to 8 ft and remain near that level during the ice jam."
The Wilmington Police Department would like to thank every single citizen who came out and paid their respect to Sergeant Marlene Rittmanic, her family and the Bradley Police Department. It was an amazing sight to see. 🖤💙🖤 ... See MoreSee Less
I have received many calls from officers that were in the procession and who couldn’t say enough about the amazing amount of support from the residents and business community of Wilmington. Well done…
The people of Wilmington were amazing in Their support of Sgt Rittmanic’s procession. We were so very honored by your displays. Thank you!
I felt compelled to watch, the only way I could respond to a horror beyond words. I was sad and impressed with every vehicle that passed. I cried into my mask for over 20 minutes. My heart hurts for those she left behind. Good job, Wilmington, for showing support in such a meaningful way.
So many people are posting photos and videos. Amazing tribute to this officer, her family, and department!!! We wore blue at school in her honor!!! We support our police officers… Always!!! RIP
I searched City of Wilmington Police Department for the sole purpose of extending my profound appreciation to the Community for coming out and honoring Sgt Rittmanic with us. I was equally surprised that my squad car was the first one as the video clip panned down.
I will be forever grateful to The Wilmington Police and the City of Wilmington and was deeply touched at the display of support for my friend and colleague, Marlene.
Thank you all!
Thank you Wilmington- Nicely Done 💙
Thank you to the City of Wilmington Police Department and all the community members who helped us Honor Sgt Rittmanic. We will be forever grateful.
A senseless act caused so much pain. Abe Lincoln National Cemetery is the final resting place of heroes, she will be honored there for generations. May God grant peace to her family.
It was an honor to be able to pay my respects in person. What a sight to see. May God bless her family and all her brothers and sisters in blue. May she Rest In Peace.
Thank you to Wilmington Police Department and all law enforcement officers 💙
It was truly a wonderful turnout
So sad! My heart goes out to her family!
My hometown ! I’m proud to say ! 🙏💙🙏💙🙏💙🙏💙
It was amazing to be part of..
R.I.P. Sargent Rittmanic 💙🖤🇺🇸
And just reading these wonderful comments makes me cry all over again ..🙏💙