Police to mark 100th anniversary of officer being killed

Police to mark 100th anniversary of officer being killed

CHAMPAIGN — This Saturday, Champaign police will honor an officer who was killed in the line of duty a century ago.

The Champaign Police Department is planning a memorial service to honor Officer Thomas Dodsworth at 3 p.m. Saturday at the police department headquarters, 82 E. University Ave.

Dodsworth was killed in the line of duty on July 6, 1913, during an attempt to arrest a bootlegger. The chief of police, A.U. "Al" Keller, was wounded in the incident.

Following the service Saturday, a marked squad car will lead a processional, including retired officers from the Champaign Police Department, past the Champaign City Building, which was the location for the police department during the time Dodsworth served.

From there the processional will proceed to Dodsworth's former home in the 100 block of West Columbia Street and will continue to the intersection of Columbia and Market Street, where he was killed.

The processional will conclude at Woodlawn Cemetery, 1803 North Coler Ave., U, where a wreath will be placed on Dodsworth's grave.

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