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UPDATE 07/05/17

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — The city is releasing more details, about how a police officer died while on vacation with his family. Lt. Harley Rutledge was on a houseboat in Pennsylvania. It was raining when he slipped and fell into the water between the dock and the boat. He died as a result from injuries from the fall.

The Urbana Police Department and other members of the Champaign County law enforcement escorted the body of Lt. Rutledge to the funeral home late Tuesday night.
Final arrangements have been made for the Lieutenant:

Visitation is Friday, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Owens Funeral Home in Champaign.
The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9 at St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church.

The funeral procession route will be from Saint Matthew Roman Catholic Church, north on Mayfair to Kirby, east on Kirby to Oak Street, south on Oak Street to St. Mary’s Road, west on St. Mary’s Road to St. Mary’s Cemetery

Uniformed officers in squad cars will conduct traffic direction at various traffic posts along the processional route.


URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — A police officer died Sunday while off duty. Lieutenant Harley Rutledge lost his life after an accident in Pennsylvania.

Harley Rutledge was on vacation with his family when the accident happened, and he died from his injuries. The Urbana Police Department said Rutledge’s death is still too fresh for them to talk about, but Chief Sylvia Morgan put out a statement today. It said Rutledge was “a very special person taken too early.”

And even though the accident happened while Rutledge was off duty, Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin said that doesn’t make losing one of the city’s finest and bravest any easier.

“Obviously we were shocked and very, very saddened by this news. I really don’t have much to say at this point other than our hearts go out to the family and to his fellow officers here in the Urbana Police Department.”

The mayor says Rutledge had been promoted to lieutenant recently, and his death is a great loss to the community. His family and co-workers are asking for privacy as they mourn the loss. Funeral arrangements are still in the works.

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