In and around Fox Lake, a community of 10,000 about 60 miles north of Chicago, residents were asked to stay indoors. Police have even taken people’s dogs outside to relieve themselves rather than let residents do it themselves, The Associated Press reported.
Police officers and SWAT teams in camouflage scoured the heavily wooded area as helicopters conducted a search from the sky.
Gliniewicz was remembered Tuesday for his enthusiasm and dedication to law enforcement, including working with children as part of a local Police Explorers unit.
“He would always try to help everybody,” youth member Thomas Ashbacher told NBC Chicago. “He would give his shirt off his back if he could.”
Illinois state Rep. Barbara Wheeler asked the community for prayers. “Fox Lake lost a true hero today,” she said.
“The Fraternal Order of Police lost a fellow member and brother who died heroically serving his community,” Illinois Fraternal Order of Police President Chris Southwood said in a statement to NBC Chicago.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the slain officer’s family, friends and fellow police officers,” the statement said. “He leaves a legacy of several decades of service to Fox Lake for which we are humbly grateful.”