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Local Lawmakers Honor Fallen Champaign Police Officer

Local lawmakers are honoring the life of Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim who was killed in the line of duty early Wednesday morning. 

In a statement released from State Representative Dan Caulkins, the Decatur Republican credits Oberheim's commitment to his family and service to his community.


“Today, we learned with deep sadness of the passing of Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim, badge number 703. Officer Oberheim was struck by gunfire while responding to a domestic disturbance in Champaign early Wednesday morning. Ever the professional, Officer Oberheim will be remembered for his bravery in the line of duty, his devotion to protecting the people of Champaign, and his love for his family. Officer Oberheim began his career with the Decatur Police Department before joining the Champaign Police Department in 2008. He served his community honorably and will be missed by all. I send my prayers and condolences to Officer Oberheim’s family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones.”


State Senator Chapin Rose knew Officer Oberheim's partner, who was also injured in the Wednesday incident described as a domestic dispute.


On the Senate floor Wednesday, the Mahomet Republican said quote - “This morning I found out that one of my best friends in the world was shot while on duty as a Champaign Police Officer responding to a domestic call – and while he is in stable condition, his partner, Officer Chris Oberheim gave his life serving to protect those whom he had never met. My friend is a standup citizen, coached my son’s little league team, volunteers faithfully at our local communities AWANA church program for kids, and is defined by his faith.  And while I do not know Officer Oberheim, this morning I talked to numerous people who do.  Chris was a Father of four and husband, a softball coach, and a veteran of both the Champaign Police Department, as well as the Decatur Police Department – where he still has family and numerous friends continuing to serve in law enforcement - all of whom are mourning his loss today. I also talked to the Monticello Schools Superintendent, who noted the enormity of the loss for the Monticello community in Chris’ passing.  Both of these men displayed the courage and selfless sacrifice that defines our brave men and women in Blue."

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