The Marengo Fire Protection District joined with their Union-based and Harvard counterparts in lining the overpass of the I-90 Jane Addams Tollway, from Shattuck Road in Boone County to Route 47 in Huntley, in an honor tribute to slain McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner. Keltner was slain Mar. 7 in Rockford, while serving a warrant as part of a contingent with the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force.
Dozens of law enforcement and emergency response vehicles led a Mar. 8 procession from the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office to the DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral Home on Dundee Road in Huntley, where funeral services are to be held. The procession followed I-90 to Route 47 in Huntley, before turning to Dundee Road.
“We were there about 90 minutes, it was a great tribute and send-off…well-deserved,” said John Kimmel, the Marengo District’s Assistant Fire Chief, when contacted. “The community’s response was overwhelming and says so much about McHenry County residents. What goes unsung and untold is something important. Law enforcement gets a bad rap these days, and they are out there, fulfilling their civic duty in serving the people.
“The procession was humbling and fitting…it was an honor for our fire protection district to be included, and along with the other fire protection districts, part of it,” he said. “We have received no details regarding the services.”
Law enforcement had surrounded the Rockford Extended Stay Motel to serve a warrant on Floyd Brown, 39, on outstanding charges from several downstate counties. He fled through a third-story window, and allegedly began firing a rifle at officers. Keltner suffered a head wound, and later succumbed to his injury at Rockford Mercy Health Javon Bea Hospital.
Brown was apprehended at the Lincoln-Lawndale exit in downstate McLean County, after police forced his vehicle to crash in a culvert. He surrendered after a six-hour standoff, and was arrested. He remains in a downstate hospital recovering from wounds incurred from the accident.
He is expected to be transferred to Winnebago County March 11, and face a federal first degree murder charge in the Northern District U.S. Court in Rockford. If found guilty, he could receive the death penalty. Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite also filed a state first degree murder charge and if found guilty, he could be sentenced to life in prison. Both authorities upgraded the charges from attempted murder, following the death of Keltner.
Keltner leaves behind a wife and two children. McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim said, in a statement, “He was well-respected, and will be sorely missed.”