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‘Squad Car Night’ to honor Bolingbrook police officer

By Dan Campana

The Promenade in Bolingbrook will pay tribute to Bolingbrook Police Officer Stephen Alexander with a July 13 “Squad Car Night” featuring police vehicles from around the region.

Beginning at 5 p.m., attendees will be able to check out the squads and meet officers before a lights and sirens parade through the southwest suburban shopping complex.

Alexander, 49, died in December after a car crash while traveling with his parents and brothers – who were also killed – in Ireland for a family funeral. Irish media reported at the time that the fatal accident might have been caused when the Alexander’s vehicle made a U-turn and struck a semitrailer.

Alexander spent 17 years with Bolingbrook police, including as a leader on the department’s Raid Entry and Containment Team. Among his final assignments was as a park patrol officer with the village’s park district. He also served as an instructor of many topics, including firearms, defensive tactics and use of force.

Gailius announces retirement as Fairview Heights chief

He started as a volunteer explorer as a teenager and, next month, will retire after spending eight years as chief of the Fairview Heights Police Department.

Chief Nick Gailius’ award-winning career spanned 32 years in the city located near St. Louis in the southern part of the state. He started as a dispatcher in 1986 and became a police officer two years later. Gailius rose through the ranks as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant, in addition to undercover and drug assignments.

Gailius received the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police’s 2017 Chief of the Year award. He has also been recipient of the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association Olympian Lifetime Leadership award, United States Attorney award and was named patrolman of the year on two occasions.

“It has been an honor leading one of the premier police departments in the Metro-east. I will always love policing and serving others and the community,” Gailius said in a statement. “Fairview Heights PD has been a big part of my life for 37 years. It will be tough to leave this behind. But, I must look forward to future opportunities to continue my service to others.”

Aftermath to dole out ‘Why We Serve’ grants to officers

Going above and beyond in the community could earn local police officers a piece of $15,000 in grants being awarded by cleanup specialist company Aftermath.

The “Why We Serve” grants aim to reward officers who are making a positive impact on the people and areas they serve. Aftermath officials will dole out a total of six grants to help officers continue their work and bolster their efforts to support causes within the community.

Nominations will be accepted through July 9. From those entries, finalists will be chosen for a vote that runs July 13-27 with the winner announced on July 30.

For more information on the “Why We Serve” grants, visit Aftermath’s website here.