Community mourns during procession for deputy Jacob Keltner

MCHENRY COUNTY, Ill (WIFR) - Thousands showed support for a McHenry County officer and father killed in the line of duty.

23 News joined people lining the streets in McHenry County as they mourned the loss of Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Keltner.

The procession weaved its way through Woodstock, Crystal Lake and Huntley. People standing along the road held flags and banners as a way to pay respect to Keltner.

The procession started just after noon Wednesday. Many businesses posted signs and tied blue and black ribbons to trees. The Crystal Lake Fire Department used two fire trucks to hang a large American flag for the procession to pass below.

"We always want to support our fellow brothers and sisters and the emergency services. You know, the fact that it happened close to home hurts even worse. You know, we grieve when somebody across the country dies in the line of duty; it certainly is a tragic event. So it's important that we all gather together and show our support just like the citizens are doing," said Chris Olsen, deputy fire chief Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department.

It took about 45 minutes to watch all the vehicles drive by. Police cars from all over Illinois and Wisconsin took part in the memorial drive. McHenry County Sheriff's department, Winnebago County Sheriff's Department and Rockford police had many squad cars in the procession.