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Hero Down: Will County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Egan Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Monona County, IA – Will County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Lieutenant Steve Egan died in an off-duty motorcycle crash on Aug. 6, according to his department.

The 68-year-old lieutenant was vacationing in Iowa when the fatal collision occurred, the WCSO said in a press release on Monday.

The incident took place on Interstate 29 near mile marker 125 at 4:34 p.m., according to an Iowa State Patrol (ISP) crash report.

Lt. Egan was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle northbound, when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran into the median, the ISP said.

He was thrown from the motorcycle during the crash.

Lt. Egan was pronounced dead while he was being transported to St. Luke’s Hospital, the ISP said.

Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley said Lt. Egan served the WCSO for 32 years.

His law enforcement career began in 1973, when he joined the Joliet Police Department (JPD), the WCSO said.

He served the JPD for nine years before joining the sheriff’s office, and had been working at the rank of lieutenant since October of 2003.

Lt. Egan was watch commander of the patrol division at the time of his death.

“Over the years, Steve proved his unwavering dedication to the department, truly enjoyed his job, and was a wealth of information,” the WCSO said. “He mentored many new deputies, was an outstanding supervisor, and was supportive of those who worked for him.”

“With Steve’s big personality and selfless nature, Steve leaves behind numerous friends at the Sheriff’s Office. The news of his sudden death has shaken the department,” the agency’s post read. “Lt. Steve Egan will be missed and never forgotten.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Will County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Steve Egan, 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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