Honoring the Heroes

Queeney’s daughter, Johanna Ebert, told those gathered outside the former county courthouse it was his nature to protect those he loved.
Queeney’s daughter, Johanna Ebert, told those gathered outside the former county courthouse it was his nature to protect those he loved.

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, the keynote speaker, said she understood the family’s grief all too well. “We solemnly mourn each loss; however, today, our thoughts are especially with the family of Will County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Queeney. … My heart aches for Michael and his surviving family members. As the sister of a Chicago Police Detective Sergeant who has been permanently disabled due to COVID-19 contracted on the job, this one hits very close to home.”
(Photos by Karen Haave)

Let’s set this up like we do on 1 sometimes: First picture three columns under the headline, but since Mendoza is looking away, let’s see what it looks like to put her in the first and second columns under the main picture and the cutline to the right. We may need a rule between the stuff on the right two columns or maybe the whole picture presentation in a light box.

The Police Chiefs Association of Will County hosted its 42nd Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Day program in Joliet May 18 with a poignant ceremony that added one more name to the granite wall that honors its fallen heroes. Among the 37 names etched into the marker on the Memorial Wall on the Will County Courthouse lawn now is that of Michael John Queeney of the Will County Sheriff’s Office, who died last year after contracting COVID-19.

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