Hero Down: Cook County Corrections Officer Zachary Perry Killed By Drunk Driver
Woodridge, IL – Cook County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Corrections Officer Zachary Perry was killed in an off-duty crash with an alleged drunk driver on Monday evening.
The incident occurred near Davey Road and Joliet Road just after 4 p.m., and involved two vehicles and a light duty-box truck, WGN reported.
Corrections Officer Perry, 27, succumbed to his injuries at the scene, police said.
“One of our own, Officer Zachary Perry, who worked in Division IX at the Cook County Jail, was killed in a traffic accident,” the agency said in a tweet on Tuesday morning. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and our staff, today and in the difficult days, weeks, and years to come.”
Corrections Officer Pablo Perez, 30, who was driving another vehicle involved in the crash, was treated and released at a local hospital after the collision, WGN reported.
He was then placed under arrest for felony aggravated DUI and misdemeanor DUI, according to the Woodridge Patch.
Corrections Officer Perez was de-deputized by the CCSO on Monday, pending the outcome of the investigation, department officials told WGN.
The unnamed box truck driver was not charged with any offenses in connection with crash, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
“This world is not going to be the same,” Corrections Officer Perry’s friend, Danny Norris, wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday morning. “This wasn’t [supposed] to happen we were [supposed] to get old together watch our kids grow I’m going to miss you brother…I can’t believe your gone.”
The Cook County Sheriff’s Memorial Foundation said they were “heartbroken” to learn of the corrections officer’s death, and asked supporters to keep his friends, family, and coworkers in their prayers.
A fundraising campaign established to help Corrections Officer Perry’s family in the wake of their loss had raised over $8,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.
Corrections Officer Perry will be laid to rest on Friday, Norris said in a Facebook post.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Cook County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer Zachary Perry, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.