Slain Corrections Officer Remembered On One-Year Anniversary Of Her Death

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The Lake County Sheriff’s Department held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night for Corrections Officer Britany Meux.  The 25-year-old mother of an infant was killed one year ago.  The Lakeshore’s Sarah Holst was at the candlelight vigil…

Britany Meux was killed while jogging with fellow officers near the Lake County Jail.  On March 6th, 2012, an SUV drove over the curb and struck the officers.  Meux was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had been with the Sheriff’s Department for three years.

Sheriff John Buncich:  I can remember when she began work.  She came up to to here (gesturing) on me (indicating her petiteness)… that’s  my lasting memory of her.

Latisha Johnson:  What I remember, we both lost our grandmothers. We also joked about having children, or in her case, being pregnant.

Latasha Johnson was one of the officers injured that night. She says her fellow officers have been very supportive.

Johnson:  My humerus and other bones were broken, I couldn’t use my arm, so I couldn’t cook and my friends and co-workers brought food for my family and snacks for our dog.

Sheriff John Buncich told the crowd of supporters that Britney will be honored in Washington D.C. during National Law Enforcement Week in May.

Buncich:  We will pay honor to her, as she deserves.

The driver of the SUV fled the scene. The next day… 43-year-old Jason Cozmanoff of Crown Point surrendered to police in connection with Meux’s death.  Cozmanoff faces twelve felony charges incuding one count of reckless homicide.  His trial is scheduled to begin in June.  Latasha Johnson told us that she has been in contact with the Meux family and she described them as prayerful and says they draw strength from each other and from their faith.


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