ISU Police Detective dies in car accident
By Mick Swasko
Wednesday, April 27, 2005, Daily Vidette
|ISU Police Detective Anthony "Tony" Hosey, serving the department since 2000, died yesterday night in a vehicle accident.
"It happened last night around 10 p.m.," Ronald D. Swan, chief of police for the ISU Police Department, said. Swan said that the accident occurred on I-55 near the 224-mile post.
"The crash occurred when a squad car driven by Detective Hosey lost control when traveling northbound," Swan stated in a press release, "The vehicle traveled 100 yards on the edge of the median rolling several times."
According to the release, Hosey was ejected from the vehicle and his body was found in northbound traffic lanes.
"Preliminarily, [cause of death] appears to be head and neck trauma," John Callahan, Grundy County coroner, said.
He added that at the time of the incident, it was raining heavily in the area and speculates this could be a possible cause of the incident.
"A lot of times in traffic crashes and deaths in general there are a lot of unanswered questions," he said.
"He was an excellent police officer," Swan said, adding that a "somber tone" at the ISU Police station is an understatement, "He was a very committed, dedicated [and] well-rounded officer."
Hosey was the recipient of two awards entitled "The Chief's Award of Merit - Meritorious Service Medal," for his service on Task Force 6. The task force is a "regional undercover narcotics suppression unit" Swan said.
According to copies of the two certificates given to Detective Hosey, he earned the medals for participating in two specific undercover operations, one of which seized over 2,000 tablets of MDMA, or Ecstasy. Some of the other drugs seized were date rape drugs, which were supposed to travel to the ISU campus.
ISU President Al Bowman released a statement about the death of Detective Hosey.
"It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death of Detective Tony Hosey as a result of a car accident of Interstate 55 last evening," Bowman said in the release. "I know the entire University community joins me as we keep the Hosey family in our thoughts and prayers."
Funeral arrangements are still pending, but will be held at the DaMar Funeral Home in Justice, Illinois. Swan said that it will be a police funeral with the Police Honor Guard, Pipe and Drum Corps attending.
"Whenever you lose one of your own, it is heart-wrenching," Swan said.
As of now, an ongoing investigation by the ISP Accident Reconstruction Team is trying to answer some of these questions. Swan explained that from measurements and highway marks, the specially trained team can determine what happened in an accident.
| Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Detective dies in crash
Hosey spent nearly five years with ISU police
By Greg Cima DWIGHT -- An Illinois State University detective honored for efforts against illegal drug sales died in a traffic accident Monday night near Dwight.
Detective Anthony Hosey, 37, was dead at the scene of the single-car accident that occurred just before 10 p.m. on northbound Interstate 55 about four miles north of the exit for Dwight, said state police.
The officer worked for ISU police and Task Force 6, a multiagency narcotics unit coordinated by state police based in Pontiac.
"Tony Hosey was one of the finest police officers I have had the privilege to work with in my many years in law enforcement in two different states," said ISU Police Chief Ronald Swan. "He was a gentleman, he was a professional and he was one of the finest that you'll find in blue."
Police said it appears Hosey, of Plainfield, lost control of his unmarked squad car, which veered off the left side of the road and rolled several times along the edge of the median. He was thrown from the car and found in the center of the northbound traffic lanes.
Hosey was heading home from an investigation, Swan said.
Illinois State Police Special Agent Earl Candler, Hosey's partner and best friend for the last five years, said he never met a man he respected more than Hosey.
"I've never met or known anybody that has more of the epitome of what a good police officer should be," Candler said.
Candler and Hosey worked every case together for the last five years, Candler said, including those that sent people to prison and others that turned around lives for the better.
"When you're able to help out the kids, who are the real victims in this, that's something that you'll remember forever," Candler said. "And I'll remember it with him."
Hosey was businesslike and fearless on the job, Candler said, but was also kind, gentle and caring.
"It's a dirty business, and it's hard and you get to see a lot of the less pleasant sides of society," Candler said.
Hosey worked at ISU nearly five years, coming from a police department in Robbins, a southern suburb of Chicago, Swan said. He was assigned to ISU's criminal investigation division for most of his tenure, Swan said.
Hosey received two state meritorious service medals, earning the Chief's Award of Merit in 2003 and 2004 for his efforts in combating illegal drug sales. He was the first ISU officer in more than two decades to win the award in consecutive years, Swan said.
Certificates accompanying the medals indicate Hosey was involved in the arrests of numerous drug dealers, including four people who distributed "date rape" drugs and more than 9,000 tablets of Ecstasy on the ISU campus.
In a prepared statement issued Tuesday, University President Al Bowman expressed "deep sadness" over Hosey's death. Hosey was an ISU graduate who played football for the school, Candler said.
Officer Curtis Marshall, president of ISU's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 67, described Hosey, who was a bodybuilder and motorcycle rider, as a "gentle giant."
"He was a person who was very approachable, seemed always to have a smile on his face -- always looking for the bright side of things," Marshall said.
Funeral arrangements are pending, Swan said.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Officer to be buried with full police honors
By Greg Cima
NORMAL -- A narcotics detective who died in a traffic accident Monday evening will be buried with full police honors in eastern Cook County, said the officer's chief. Many details of funeral and memorial arrangements were not available Wednesday for Det. Anthony Hosey, 37, who worked for both the Illinois State University Police and Task Force 6, a multi-jurisdictional undercover narcotics group organized by the state police.
But Chief Ronald Swan, of the ISU Police, said Hosey will be buried in Justice, and the funeral will include full police honors, such as a color guard, performances by the Pipes and Drums of the Illinois State Police and an honor guard with a combination of ISU and Illinois State police, he said.
Hosey, of Plainfield, lost control of his unmarked police vehicle, a Dodge Durango, while driving north on Interstate 55 before 10 p.m. Monday about four miles north of the exit for Dwight, state police said. The sport utility vehicle rolled several times on the edge of a median, and Hosey was thrown into the center lanes of northbound traffic.
The detective was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. It appears he was not wearing a seat belt, state police said.
State police said the pavement was wet because of light rain, but the cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Officers in the university police department have created a memorial for their fallen officer, displaying his badges, a set of overlapped patches and an 8-by-10-inch photograph of Hosey as he received a service award in December 2004. Officers in the department will also wear a black band around their badges for three weeks in mourning, Swan said.
Thursday, July 7, 2005
Badge of honor
ISU retires number of fallen detective
By Greg Cima
NORMAL -- Detective Anthony Hosey will be the last Illinois State University police officer to wear badge No. 243.
"This is the first time that I have seen a badge retired in a department that I have been affiliated with," ISU Police Chief Ronald Swan said.
Hosey, 37, died in a single-car accident April 25 on northbound Interstate 55 about four miles north of the exit for Dwight.
He worked for the ISU police and Task Force 6, a multiagency narcotics unit tied to Pontiac-based Illinois State Police District 6. He had been honored for his efforts against illegal drug sales.
Swan previously said Hosey was on his way home from such an investigation at the time of the crash.
Swan said badge retirements occur periodically throughout the country, but he has personally seen none in about 40 years in law enforcement. He said another officer would have eventually been given the same badge number if not for the retirement.
"Tony Hosey was one of the best that I've ever had the opportunity to work with and have work for me," Swan said. "He was an outstanding law enforcement officer, and he was a real genuine individual, and everybody just loved him."
The detective's badges from the university department and the state police soon will be mounted on a wall of the ISU Police Department's conference room along with a bronze plaque listing the detective's accomplishments.
The display stretching along the 12-foot wall also will feature a picture of Hosey receiving one of his two Meritorious Service Medals and a collage of other photographs.
Hosey was hired about five years ago, Swan said, and the officer quickly became a member of Task Force 6.
The ISU department is not alone in honoring Hosey. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police will present Hosey's family with the Police Cross Award, a posthumous award for officers who die in the line of duty.
The Police Cross Award is the highest honor from the association.
And members of the Illinois Senate and House adopted resolutions memorializing the detective.
Swan described Hosey as "superb" and said his loss is still a difficult matter in the department.
"I guess time is the best medicine," Swan said. "But you know, initially it was very hard to talk about. Occasionally, it still is."
Bloomington police spokesman Tom Sanders said his department has not used badge numbers for about 30 years, instead using identification numbers specific to each person. It has named rooms in the department's headquarters in honor of officers.
A training room at the department is named for Billy P. Osborn. He was an officer killed in 1986 by a man in custody who grabbed the officer's gun and shot him.
A conference room is named for Dennis O'Brien, a police chief who died of complications from brain cancer in August 2000.
Normal Assistant Police Chief Rick Bleichner said his department has not lost any officers in the line of duty, and identification numbers on badges would rarely coincide with past numbers.
Though the Normal department does not currently have memorial procedures for an officer, Bleichner said, "We certainly would address that if the time came and do whatever was appropriate."
Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Rick Hector said a display at the state police headquarters in Springfield includes photographs and captions for all fallen state police officers.
INSPECTOR ANTHONY HOSEY'S LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER AND COMMENDATIONS
According to Chief Ron Swan, Illinois State University PD
Anthony "Tony" Hosey was appointed to the Illinois State University Police
Department on 05 July 2000 assigned to the Patrol Division. He had
previous served with the Robbins Police Department and was a graduate of
the Cook County Sheriff's Police Academy. He was subsequently assigned to
the Illinois State University Police, Criminal Investigation Division where
he was detailed to Task Force 6 a covert undercover narcotics suppression
Detective Inspector Anthony "Tony" Hosey was the only officer in the last
twenty-two years to receive one of the department's highest honors in
consecutive years. The "Chief's Award of Merit --Meritorious Service Medal
in 2003 and 2004.
Those commendations read as follows:
CHIEF'S AWARD OF MERIT -- MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL 2003:
"for his role in "Operation Shakespeare" a covert operation of Task Force 6
resulting in four Class X arrests and the seizure of over 2,000 tablets of
methylenedioxymethamphetamine, MDMA or "Ecstasy," 121 grams of Ketamine,
931 grams of gamma-hydroxybutrate or GHB, $4,000.00 in cash and three
vehicles all seized by the state. These individuals were responsible for
the distribution of over 9,000 tablets of "Ecstasy" on the Illinois State
University campus. Detective Hosey was also instrumental in the seizure of
another 200 tablets of "Ecstasy" and the arrest of another individual.
These date rape drugs were also destined for the Illinois State University
CHIEF'S AWARD OF MERIT -- MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL 2004:
"for the arrest of five individuals who had sold 500 units of Ecstasy or
MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) on the campus of Illinois State
University. They were arrested with 200 tablets of MDMA in their
possession. For the arrest of five additional people selling marijuana
(Cannabis Sativa L) who had brought eight hundred pounds of Cannabis to our
community having twenty pounds in their possession when arrested. Ninety
three thousand dollars in cash, one truck, three cars, two motorcycles, and
one law mower were seized."
Detective Anthony "Tony" Hosey exemplified the highest traditions of the
police service. He was a gentlemen, he was a professional, and he was one
of the finest officers I have ever known! Tony Hosey graduated from
Illinois State University with a bacculatreate degree in Theraputic
Recreation Administration in August of 1992.
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