Officer Tim Hecht Remembered
Reynolds with Tim's parents, Larry and Gerrie Hecht
Hecht's photo is visible in the background
11, 1999 started as a normal day at the Porter County Sheriff's
Department. Officers had wished for a SWAT team for some time and
when Sheriff Reynolds took office in January of that year, it had
finally become a reality. The day eventually became immortalized as
one of the worst days most of us can remember.
mid-morning, about 9:30 am, and the newly formed SWAT Team was
undergoing physical training at Wheeler High School's Field house.
The following hours and days are etched permanently in most
old officer Tim Hecht collapsed during the training exercise and
despite the efforts of officers on the scene and the responding
firefighters and paramedics, he died later at Porter Memorial
October 18th, a beautiful framed portrait of the Patron Saint Of
Police Officers was presented to the department by Tim's parents,
Larry and Gerrie Hecht. The photo, depicting Archangel Michael
holding a fallen police officer, will be hung in our main lobby
along with a photo and memory plaque of officer Hecht that came with
us from the old sheriff's department last month
parents also presented a beautiful Crimson King Maple tree in Tim's
memory. Members of the SWAT Team planted the tree near the location
of the indoor shooting range at our new facility.
though he has been physically gone almost 4 years now, he lives on
in our hearts and our memories. There is rarely a day that goes by
that he isn't mentioned and his wonderful sense of humor remembered.
Snider reads inscription on dedication plaque
Officers Steve Ford, Jeff Biggs and Bob Cauffman
right) finish planting the Crimson King Maple