police officer loses life in off-duty crash
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R. Erlenbush, Lincoln police chief
[May 21, 2007]
It is with a great sense of
sorrow and regret that I inform you of the death of Lincoln police
officer Todd M. Blaum. Blaum died in a single-vehicle accident on
Business 55 at Fancy Creek, approximately one mile north of Sherman,
during the early morning hours Saturday.
Blaum was the subject of an intense search when he failed
to return home and failed to report to work for his shift on
Saturday afternoon. Officers from the Lincoln Police Department,
Logan County Sheriff's Department, Logan Dispatch, Sangamon County
Sheriff's Department and Illinois State Police, along with numerous
family members and friends, assisted with the search. I want to
thank all agencies and citizens who helped in any way and expressed
their concerns for Blaum.
Illinois State Police District 9 is
conducting the accident investigation and has assigned an accident
reconstruction officer. Sangamon County Coroner Susan Boone
responded to the scene and will conduct an official inquiry. Further
inquiries concerning the accident should be directed to the state
police and Boone.
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Blaum joined the Lincoln Police Department on Oct. 31, 2004. He
graduated Feb. 4, 2005, from the Police Training Institute recruit
basic course, where he excelled academically. He was assigned as a
patrolman for the past 2 1/2 years.
Blaum served with dedication and honor, and his death creates a
tremendous void in this agency. Blaum was a credit to the Lincoln
Police Department, his family and his community.
Please join me in supporting the needs and wishes of family,
friends and the Lincoln Police Department as we struggle through
this very difficult time.
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