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Hero Down: Pekin Police Department Officer Daniel ‘Dan’ Graber Dies Unexpectedly

Pekin, IL – Pekin Police Department (PPD) Officer Daniel “Dan” Graber died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday night.

The 49-year-old officer was off-duty at the time, and his exact cause of death was not immediately released.

Pekin Police Chief John Dossey announced in a press release on Thursday that the department lost an officer unexpectedly, but he did not identify the fallen hero by name.

Officer Graber’s death was confirmed by his family on Friday, when his obituary was released.

Chief Dossey said the department has been experiencing “a whirlwind of emotions” since the officer’s passing.

“Your Pekin officers are struggling to be there for this officer’s family, and yet simply process the sudden loss of one of their own. However, not one of these officers have stepped back from their duties. Not only are they showing up to support their fallen, they are showing up to protect their community,” he wrote.

“Remember, we too are human and share the same emotions as others when we lose somebody,” Chief Dossey added. “I am proud of how they have handled themselves, and the way they continue to serve their community.”

The chief said the large law enforcement procession that escorted the fallen officer to the coroner’s office in Peoria was “stunning” to witness.

“To see all the support from the many agencies who just learned of this sad event, and to take time out of their day to support our fallen officer was simply amazing,” Chief Dossey wrote. “This meant so much to the Pekin PD family. And to the community who stopped in traffic, exited their vehicles, and took the time to salute, hold a hand over their heart, or simply acknowledge the loss of an officer. It was truly amazing. We thank you for caring.”

Officer Graber joined the PPD on Dec. 27, 1999, according to his obituary.

He was assigned to the third shift, where he “took great pride in protecting his district and working alongside Pekin’s finest,” the tribute read.

Officer Graber leaves behind his wife, Lindsey, as well as his son, Mason.

He is also survived by his parents, sisters, niece, and his in-laws.

Officer Graber will be laid to rest on May 24.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pekin Police Department Officer Daniel “Dan” Graber, 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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