CPD mourns sergeant killed responding to call

February 23, 2010 2:48:40 PM PST
Police Superintendent Jody Weis is considering filing murder charges in connection to a crash that killed a veteran officer.

Sergeant Alan Haymaker was killed early Monday morning when the squad car he was driving crashed into a tree on Lake Shore Drive near Irving Park. He was responding to a burglary call at the time.

Under Illinois law, murder charges can be filed against the suspects in the burglary. And while Superintendent Weis wants to hold those suspects- who have not been caught- accountable, the decision would be up to the state's attorney.

"Based upon Illinois law, if someone is killed responding to a crime, those that perpetrated the crime could be held responsible. And I think that's something we will certainly consider," said Supt. Weis.

Police are still trying to determine what led to the fatal, one-car accident. Officials are looking at road conditions, according to Supt. Weis, who visited Sgt. Haymaker's family at their home on the city's Northwest Side Tuesday. The 56-year-old officer is being remembered as a caring police officer who was guided by his strong faith. He had recently been assigned to the 23rd District.

"It's a sad day for all of us. You hate to lose somebody like this. It affects all of us," said Sgt. William Neja, Chicago Police Dept.

Before working in the Townhall District, where black and purple bunting has been hung, Sgt. Haymaker spent 10 years at the 15th District, where Officer Larry Young was his partner.

"He loved to teach and instruct. It's what he did all the time. If you made a mistake, he would say you didn't do this right, next time do this," said Officer Larry Young, Chicago Police Dept.

Officer Young said Haymaker spoke about his family, friends and God during their time together in the squad car. He belonged to the Bethel Community Church on the far Northwest Side. Pastor Paul Jorden met with Haymaker just hours before his death.

"I met with him Sunday night after our Sunday evening service and talked about the importance of living for Christ and he truly lived out his faith," said Dr. Paul Jorden, pastor at Bethel Community Church.

Haymaker is survived by his wife and three daughters.