Funeral arrangements announced for Scot Fitzgerald

By Gary Scott on March 7, 2016 at 7:19am

South Jacksonville officials are holding a press conference this morning to discuss the ongoing arrangements for a police officer recently killed in an accident.

Scot Fitzgerald was responding to a medical call in Morgan County Friday night when his squad car was hit by an ambulance while he was making a U-turn in an attempt to find the residence, according to reports.

The press conference will be held at 10 a.m. at Village Hall at 301 Dewey Drive. According to a press release, a written release will be distributed, and no questions will be addressed regarding the details of the accident.

According to a message posted on the police department’s Facebook page, the SJPD will be closed until Thursday to allow officers to assist with honoring Fitzgerald. The Jacksonville Police Department has taken over the primary responsibility for patrols and answering calls.

An obituary has been posted on the Mackey Daws Funeral Home website. Services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church in South Jacksonville, with interment at Murrayville City Cemetery. Visitation will be held tomorrow from 2 until 7 p.m. at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Fitzgerald children, care of the Daws Family Funeral Home in South Jacksonville.

The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police released a statement on Sunday regarding Fitzgerald, saying, the order “has lost a fellow member and brother who died doing what he loved, serving his community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Scot’s wife, his two young children, and the family, friends, fellow police officers and community members who have all been greatly enriched by his kindness, generosity and service.”