GEORGETOWN, Ill. (WCIA) — The father of a murder victim gave the Georgetown Police Department an honor after he says they gave him something he could never repay.
31-year old Kimberly George was killed in March. It wasn’t long after that the people suspected of pulling the trigger were put behind bars.
George’s father couldn’t be there due to a last-minute work conflict, but he wanted to make sure the police department got the praise he felt they deserved.
When Kimberly George was killed in March, it left her family heartbroken. But, they were never left looking for answers.
“It was never really about us. It was about the closure to the family.”
Sergeant Ephraim Bolin got the call early Monday morning. Just hours later, George’s family got a call saying the suspects had been arrested.
“It meant a lot to us to be able to provide the family and the children some answers pretty fast.”
Now, Chief Whitney Renaker and Bolin hold these plaques to show how much those answers mean to the family.
James Stockton was happy to help give the honors as a long-time family friend and fellow first responder who got the call that day.
“First responders, in general, police officers, firefighters, EMS people, it’s the most thankless job you could ever have. People don’t want you until they need you and when they need you, they don’t, they’re upset. But everybody does it because they love doing what they do.”
Chief Renaker and Sergeant Bolin said, even though they picked up the plaques, they want to credit the entire police department and thank the community for always supporting them.
Stockton is organizing a memorial ride this Saturday to benefit Kimberly George’s three small children.
Kimberly George Memorial Ride
Saturday, June 9
Starts: 10:30 am
Ride leaves: 11:30 am
Proceeds benefit George’s children