South Jacksonville Police Officer passes away after "line-of-duty" accident

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SPRINGFIELD - Authorities say a South Jacksonville Police Officer passed away after a line-of-duty accident in Morgan County on March 4.

South Jacksonville Police Officer Scot Fitzgerald died March 5, one day after a crash involving his police vehicle and an ambulance.  Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge and Labor Council officials say they have "lost a fellow member and brother who died doing what he loved, serving his community."

FOP Labor Council Director David Wickster says, "Scot knew the very real danger that all law enforcement officials willingly face every day when they put on the badge and go out to protect and serve all of us."

This crash is still under investigation.  WAND Reporter Ed Cross will have more information on this story later today.

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