Rockford Scanner sends our condolences to the family and friends of Karol Fricke. Also to the Rockford police Department.
The Rockford Police Department is mourning the loss of Officer Karol Fricke, who passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 after a brief illness.
Officer Fricke, a 24-year veteran of the force, started her career with the department in 1992 as a patrol officer and most recently, worked as a Community Services Officer assigned to District 3. Well-known for her active engagement in countless community meetings, activities and events, Officer Fricke was known for her willingness to engage, and her direct, no-nonsense approach blended with a warm smile, humor and wit.
Officer Fricke was an Operation Shattered Stars and Rockford Police Department Peer Supporter, a volunteer program that trains active and retired officers to lend support, share experiences and offer advice to fellow officers in need. In noting her interest to become a member of the pilot Peer-to-Peer Program that launched this year, Officer Fricke described herself as approachable, honest, caring, and willing to be called upon at any time in a crisis, a sentiment echoed by her fellow officers and colleagues.
“We are devastated by the loss of Officer Fricke who dedicated her life to serving and protecting the community in which she was born and raised,” said Chief Dan O’Shea. “Officer Fricke had a contagious energy and tenacity that permeated throughout the department. Her death is a tremendous loss – not just for the department, but the community-at-large. We are thankful to everyone for their outpouring of support during this difficult time.”
Off the clock, Karol was known for her love of family, her love of animals, her love of great food, and her zest for life. Having received a kidney transplant four years ago from her wife, Beth, Karol was passionate about authentically living each day, and had a unique understanding of the fragility each day brings. She could often be found with friends and family at her beloved eatery, Backyard Grill & Bar in Loves Park, or on a road trip adventure.
Services for Officer Karol Fricke will be held on Monday, November 21, 2016 at Rockford First Church, 5950 Spring Creek Road with a visitation from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. A police funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. and internment will immediately follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 8800 N. Alpine Road.
Motorists are advised to expect delays or use alternate routes in the areas surrounding Spring Creek and North Alpine Roads between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Local law enforcement agencies will be directing traffic in the area.
The procession is scheduled to begin from Rockford First Church, 5950 Spring Creek Road, and will proceed west on Spring Creek Road and then north on North Alpine Road to Sunset Memorial Gardens, 8800 N. Alpine Road.
Local law enforcement agencies and emergency responders should stage in the First Free Rockford parking lot located at 2223 N. Mulford Road.
Media should stage in the Rockford First parking lot. Cameras are permitted and there will be a staging area in the sanctuary and at the cemetery.
Law enforcement members and the community are welcome to attend.
Several fans have contacted us and said there is a very large procession going on. Many have said it was on Mulford and some have said E Riverside. Some fans sent us some photos, we posted on our Facebook page.
It is not yet known what the procession is for. If you have information, please email us at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com
Note: Please do NOT budge in line, Please DRIVE slow if passing, Please STOP at the intersections so they can go through.
After posting this, some fans are saying a Rockford Police Officer has passed away and it is because of this. We do not know who the officer was, or how they passed away. If you have information, please contact us.
Update from RS fan:
It is the funeral procession for RCPD Officer Karol Fricke (47-years-old_ who died from a sudden illness)
She served 24 years on the Rockford police department.
She was a community service officer
It is the return of Karol from the hospital she passed away in Wisconsin to the funeral home.