A large number of Chester city and police representatives attended the Southern Illinois Miners' law enforcement appreciation night at Rent One Park in Marion on Thursday, with the one-year anniversary of James Brockmeyer's death a little more than two months away.
All law enforcement officers received free admission to the "Stand up for the Blue" game and half of the game's proceeds were donated to the James Brockmeyer Memorial Fund.
"It was overwhelming to see the support for (law enforcement officers) and James was well represented by so many friends and family," said Dixie Brockmeyer, James's mother.
James Brockmeyer, a 22-year-old Chester police officer and volunteer firefighter who was 10 months into his career at the Chester Police Department, was fatally injured in the line of duty on October 28, 2016 when his squad car crashed during vehicle pursuit of a suspect on Palestine Road north of the city.
That suspect, later determined to be Jason Stoker, is due back in Randolph County court on Aug. 31 on state charges related to the accident and faces federal trial on a methamphetamine conspiracy charge on Sept. 5.
Law enforcement officers were honored before, during and after Southern Illinois' game against Normal, during which an announced crowd of 6,235 watched the CornBelters beat the Miners 5-1.
Brockmeyer's father, Don, was one of those who threw out the first pitch in the contest.
"I just think the Miners did an excellent job there," said Chester Police Chief Ryan Coffey, who attended the game with his family. "They were very good to work with. The organization seemed very excited about their Law Enforcement Appreciation Night.
"It was a fun time."
Coffey said there was a "significant representation" of the Chester Police Department at the game, including a CPD squad car on the concourse.
"We really appreciate it and I know the family appreciates it," Coffey said. "(Brockmeyer) was a really good guy and It was appropriate we remember him."