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In Memoriam of
Dep. Jake Keltner

McHenry County Deputy Sheriff to be remembered at memorial service in Illinois

by Bill Stephens, Vice-President of News Operations, Metro News Network | Wednesday, 13th March 2019 | Updated 04:30 A.M.


McHENRY, IL - Deputy Sheriff Jacob Keltner was shot and killed as he and other members of the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve an arrest warrant in Rockford, Illinois.

The task force located the subject at a hotel at 747 North Bell School Road. They were attempting to arrest the man at 9:15 a.m. when he opened fire with a rifle, striking a woman who was staying with him. The man then exited the room and opened fire on officers who were outside, striking Officer Keltner.

The man then fled from the hotel and led officers on a pursuit that lasted over 150 miles. The vehicle became disabled on I-55 near Lincoln and the subject was taken into custody after barricading himself inside of it for several hours.

Deputy Keltner was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds approximately six hours after being shot.

Deputy Keltner had served with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years. He is survived by his wife, two young children, his father and brother who both work in DuPage County law enforcement, and other family members.

A community press release stated the following information:

In conjunction with family, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office would like to announce the final visitation, funeral, and procession arrangements for Deputy Jacob Keltner, who passed away on Thursday. 

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 12 at the DeFiore Funeral Home located at 10763 Dundee Road in Huntley, Illinois. The public visitation hours are from 
2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a formal law enforcement walk-through at 6:00 p.m. Please dress for the weather and anticipate standing outside while waiting to pay your respects. 

There will not be any parking at the DeFiore Funeral Home. Everyone attending can park at either at St. Mary Catholic Church located at 10307 Dundee Road in Huntley, Illinois or the Wal-Mart located at 12300 Illinois Route 47 in Huntley, Illinois. From these two locations you will be bused to and from the funeral home. 

The funeral will occur on Wednesday, March 13 at Woodstock North High School located at 3000 Raffel Road in Woodstock, Illinois. Parking at the high school will be for first responders only. The doors will open at 8:00 a.m. with law enforcement then other first responders receiving priority seating. The funeral will start at 10:00 a.m. with the official procession following immediately. 

We highly encourage the public to line the official procession route on Wednesday to show their support and honor Deputy Keltner. The procession route will be for law enforcement and emergency vehicles only. Route will be as follows:

Leave Woodstock High School north (right) on Raffel Road 
Turn west (left) on Charles Road 
Turn south (left) on Route 47 
Turn southeast (left) on Route 14 
Turn south (right) on Route 31 
Turn west (right) on James R. Rakow Road 
James R. Rakow Road turns into Randall Road 
Turn west (right) on Algonquin Road 
Turn south (left) on Ruth Road 
Turn south (left) on Dundee Road 
End at DeFiore Funeral Home 

The public is encouraged to leave flowers and notes on the squad car currently located outside the Sheriffs Office at the east entrance.

Metro News Network & Affiliates express our deepest sympathy to the Keltner Family and the entire McHenry County, Illinois Sheriff's Department at this time of grief. 

Officer Down Memorial Page and the McHenry County, Illinois Sheriff's Dept. PIO contributed to this article.

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