But Monday the Ritter family had to let go. Just after four, Officer Edward Ritter passed away.
37-year-old Officer Ed Ritter's job was to protect and serve our community but he also protected his own family. Officer Ritter was the youngest and his death has left his mother and three older sisters just devastated. It was too hard to talk about his passing but the family did share these pictures of Ritter with 23 News. His family calls him the rock and used words like helpful, loving, and outgoing to describe his character. The family says he made people smile, had a lot of friends and would be a friend to anyone in need. His life came to a close in the same place it began at St. Anthony Hospital. Now the family he left behind is trying to understand why he was taken away. Ritter died from injuries suffered during an incident outside a roscoe bar last month.
22-year-old Anthony Montalbano of Machesney Park was arrested on charges of aggravated battery. It's uncertain if Winnebago County authorities will amend those charges now that Ritter died. Ritter's family would like to thank everyone for their support. The family has finalized funeral arrangements.
Officer Ritter's visitation is this Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at First Assembly. That is located at 5950 Spring Creek Road. The funeral is the following day on Friday at 1:30 p.m at First Assembly.