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Funeral set for fallen sheriff’s deputy

Funeral arrangements have been set for fallen McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the DeFiore Funeral Home – 10763 Dundee Road, Huntley. A formal law enforcement walkthrough is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Woodstock North High School, 3000 Raffel Road.

Woodstock North will be closing school Wednesday for the service. It informed parents Saturday afternoon of the closing, which comes after a half day Tuesday for teacher inservice.

“Because of the size of the crowd expected and security needed for the service, the sheriff’s office requested the use of Woodstock North High School Wednesday, March 13, for the service,” a note from Superintendent Mike Moan said. “As members of the community, we believe it is our duty to honor that request for Deputy Keltner’s family, for the sheriff’s office, for the greater law enforcement community and for the McHenry County community.

“Because of the complicated security issues that arise from hosting the funeral, we have agreed to cancel school for the full day at Woodstock North on Wednesday. While it is always a difficult decision to cancel classes during the school year, we believe it is the appropriate decision to allow the community to properly honor a fallen hero.”

More information, including parking locations and the funeral procession route, will follow as things progress in the planning, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

In Keltner’s final hours, he was a member of the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force serving arrest warrants at the Extended Stay America hotel on a known fugitive named Floyd E. Brown. 

As Brown fled from Room 305, where he and his girlfriend were staying, he allegedly fired a rifle at Keltner, striking him in the head.

Keltner was taken to a nearby hospital. He died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

On Friday night, officers, deputies and dozens of law enforcement agencies escorted Keltner’s body back to McHenry County.

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