Bradley, Illinois, Police Sergeant Marlene Rittmanicwho was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 30, 2021will be laid to rest Friday, Jan. 7, NewsChannel20.com reported.
A visitation will be held for Rittmanic at 2-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, at Hawkins Centennial Chapel, 1 University Ave., Bourbonnais. The first responder/military walk-through line-up will begin at 5 p.m. and take place at 6 p.m. Her funeral will be held the next day, starting at 10 a.m. at the same location. The interment will be private.
Rittmanic, a 21-year law enforcement veteran, was fatally shot and her partner, Officer Tyler Bailey, was critically wounded at a northern Illinois hotel while responding to a call about dogs barking in an unattended vehicle.
Suspects Darius D. Sullivan and Xandria Harris are currently in police custody. According to ABC7Chicago.com, Sullivan and Harris have both been charged with murder and attempted murder; both have been denied bail.
Rittmanic met her wife, Lyn Stua, on May 31, 1999; they were married June 11, 2011. The officer is also survived by her father, James Rittmanic of Naperville; sisters Kimberly Organ of San Marcos, Texas, Christina (Ty) O'Connor of Woodlawn, Tennessee, Kathleen (Rodney) Emme of Bourbonnais and Colleen Welch of Plainfield; brother James (Trish) Rittmanic of Oswego; sister Jennifer (Jerry) Whitaker of Kankakee; and several nieces and nephews.
In a statement, Stua said, "Our world has been turned upside down, obliterated and hopelessly broken. Kankakee County has lost a leader in community policing."
In lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor may be made to the Marlene Rittmanic Memorial Fund at Federated Bank in Bradley, Illinois.