Fairfield Police do outstanding job providing security at Mary Tyler Moore funeral

To the Editor:

On behalf of the board of directors and staff of the Oak Lawn Cemetery Association, I want to extend my sincere thanks to the members of the Fairfield Police department for the outstanding job that they did providing security and police escort services for Mary Tyler Moore’s recent funeral on our grounds.

Given the extent of Ms. Moore’s fame, and the fact that a planned private service had become public knowledge, we had many concerns about security and ensuring a private, dignified setting for the service.

Three days before the service, I contacted Deputy Chief Chris Lyddy to request the department’s support and guidance in developing and implementing a security plan for the funeral. The response to my request far exceeded anything I could have hoped for.

Lieutenant Jim Perez came to Oak Lawn to meet with us and get all of the details concerning the funeral arrangements. He then developed a security plan that was flawlessly implemented by Lieutenant Perez and his officers. Not only did the police provide security on our grounds during the service, they also provided police escorts to Oak Lawn for the hearse and the family. All of us connected with the funeral were overwhelmed by the organization, professionalism and compassion displayed by every member of the police department.

After the service, many members of Mary Tyler Moore’s family came up to me to say how much they appreciated the outstanding, compassionate, and respectful attention they received from all officers involved.

I want to extend a special thank you and recognition to the following members of the department who provided security at the service: Lt. Jim Perez, Sgt. Mike Paris, Off. Paul Medvegy, Off. Gary Wikman, Off. Scott Sudora, Off. Jeff Wikman, Off. Gary Cahill, and Off. Jon Chlebowski.

Bronson K. Hawley

President Board of Directors Oak Lawn Cemetery and Arboretum

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