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Hundreds attend funeral for Oak Forest officer

Published: Sunday, March 23, 2014 11:28 a.m. CDT

OAK FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of people attended a weekend funeral for a longtime suburban Chicago police officer who died after a crash in Oak Forest.

The Southtown Star reports (http://bit.ly/1poLrQw ) mourners from around the state attended Saturday's funeral for 62-year-old James Morrissey. He died last Monday, hours after his squad car was broadsided while he was responding to a call.

Oak Forest Deputy Police Chief Timothy Kristin eulogized Morrissy, calling him "a great man."

The newspaper says thousands of people, including about 300 first responders, attended a visitation in Orland Park on Friday

Morrissey worked for the Oak Forest police department for 34 years.

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Information from: Southtown Star, http://www.southtownstar.com

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