The Bolingbrook police department is mourning the death of one of their one. A traffic crash in Ireland has taken the life of Officer Stephen Alexander, his mother, father and brother. According to a the Deputy Chief of Police in Bolingbrook, Mike Rompa, “Steve and his family were attending a funeral” in Ireland. Rompa says, “this information was brought to our attention by Steve’s cousin, who came in person to our lobby to advise us of this tragic news.” According to the “Irish Times,” the crash occurred between a car that the Alexander family was in and a truck on the main road in New Ross to Wexford Road in Ireland. All four were pronounced dead at the scene on Monday at 6:30pm local time. Officer Alexander leaves behind two daughters ages 11 and 10.
Statement from the Bolingbrook Police Department:
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Officer Stephen Alexander, badge #1126. Steve was killed in an automobile crash in New Ross / Wexford, Ireland on December 4th, 2017. Steve’s father Doug, mother Lily, and brother Doug Junior were also killed in the crash. The Alexander family was in Ireland to attend a family funeral. Steve was a proud father who left behind two daughters, age 11 and 10, who were his pride and joy.
Steve, 49 years of age, was a 17 year veteran with the Bolingbrook Police Department. Steve received his Associates degree in Criminal Justice from the College of DuPage. Steve graduated from the Cook County Police Academy in 2001 and was the class valedictorian. Steve also received the Top Marksmen award at the academy.
Steve was assigned to the Bolingbrook Park District as a park patrol officer. He was also an assistant team leader for the Raid Entry and Containment Team and was the lead department instructor in defensive tactics and use of force. Steve was also an instructor for firearms, rapid deployment, and breaching.
Steve was a decorated Officer who had received numerous department commendations. Steve received the Life Saving Award in 2013, received the departments Top Gun Award and was nominated as Police Officer of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
Steve devoted his time to the community and taught self-defense classes and self-confidence skills to women and girl scouts at the Bolingbrook Park District. Steve was a member of “Beat the Heat” a non-profit organization which focused on community outreach to improve driver safety and police community relations. He also enjoyed racing his vintage Camaro drag racing car and talking to children about vehicle and driving safety. Steve recently hosted and organized a Squad Car Night at the Bolingbrook Promenade in partnership with the Illinois Special Olympics which attracted police vehicles from all over the state. The event was concluded with a “parade of lights”; a vehicle procession through the main street of the Promenade.
Director Ken Teppel stated. “Steve was an exemplary officer who took great pride in his law enforcement career and who devoted himself to protecting and serving the citizens of Bolingbrook. Steve will be missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him and we will forever keep the Alexander family in our thoughts and our prayers.”