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Hero Down: Justice Police Cpl. Joseph ‘Joe’ Pavlik Dies Unexpectedly

Justice, IL – Justice Police Department (JPD) Corporal Joseph “Joe” Pavlik died unexpectedly at his home on July 22, according to his department.

The 33-year-old officer served the Crestwood Police Department prior to joining JPD six years ago, the JPD said in a press release.

In addition to his regular duties, Cpl. Pavlik was also a member of the JPD’s 5th District SWAT team.

“Cpl. Pavlik took great pride in being a police officer,” the JPD statement said. “[He] remained true to his personal pledge and oath to be compassionate to those he served without reservation.”

The highly-decorated officer “had a unique talent in reaching people during their worst of times,” the JPD statement said. “Cpl. Pavlik will not only be missed by those he worked with but also by the community he served and the people he touched.”

His loss has created a void that “will be difficult if not impossible to fill,” the department added.

Cpl. Pavlik leaves behind his wife, Bridget, and his one-year-old son, Joey, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his parents, in-laws, grandmothers, and many friends and extended family members.

A fundraising page established to help his widow and son in the wake of their loss has raised over $76,000.

Cpl. Pavlik was laid to rest on Wednesday, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Justice Police Department Corporal Joseph “Joe” Pavlik, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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