HOLIDAY HILLS – Sue Maness said she is happy that her husband is receiving recognition for the great sacrifice he made.
The late McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Maness was honored with a new plaque for his life and service.
“He deserves to be remembered, especially in this area, for the sacrifices he made,” Sue Maness said. “The last two years have been horrible, and police really need to be supported and need cooperation from everyone.”
A plaque dedication ceremony was held Monday at the Holiday Hills Police Department, 1304 Sunset Drive.
Maness and his partner, Deputy Khalia Satkiewicz, responded in October 2014 to a domestic incident at the Holiday Hills home of Scott B. Peters, who fired more than a dozen rounds at the two officers.
Maness’ femur was shattered, and a vein in his leg was severed in the shooting. After 15 surgeries, he never regained the ability to walk.
He spent months recovering, but developed a blood clot in his lungs and died unexpectedly at age 47 during a physical therapy appointment Sept. 14, 2015. Peters was sentenced to 135 years in prison.
Holiday Hills Village President Louis French said the village always will be thankful for Maness’ sacrifice.
“In the last few months we’ve lost a lot of first responders, and maybe it’s time this gets addressed by our governors and presidents, to get some relief, maybe through some sort of property tax or something to fallen officers or first responders,” French said.
Holiday Hills Police Chief Tony Colatorti said he was honored he had the chance to meet Maness and was amazed at his good spirits before his passing.
Colatorti said he worked with the village of Holiday Hills and the police department to create the dedication. Benches also will be added to the plaque area in the future, Colatorti said.
Before working for the sheriff’s office for eight years, Maness spent 20 years with the U.S. Army and saw combat in Iraq from 1990 to 1991. He retired with the rank of sergeant first class.