Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz should be remembered for the way he lived, not the way he died

Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz should be remembered for the way he lived, not the way he died

Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz lived an exemplary life and that's how he should be remembered.  The growing controversy over how he died may, in the short run overshadow that fact, but  the legacy of a man is left in the hearts of those he touched.

The body of work left behind by Joe Glinewicz was created over the span of 52 years.  Whatever happened on September 1, 2015 will forever be remembered as the tragic end of that lifetime, but it should not define it.

In 1993, 7 people were murdered in a Brown's Chicken in Palatine, Illinois.  It took 9 years for someone to come forward with a tip that led to the arrest of the killers, but justice has a way of being served.

Someone always talks.  It may not be this week or next, but if there is someone out there responsible for the death of Joe Gliniewicz, that person will eventually give himself or his accomplices away.

Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd has made some weird statements, fueling the speculation.  "... I cannot give a manner of death because I don't know what happened in terms of where did this bullet come from," he had said previously. "Right now, all unnatural deaths are up for suggestion. That means homicide, suicide, accident, undetermined."

Whatever happened on that day will eventually make itself known.  It could be that all those TV shows featuring crime scene investigators makes us think that a medical examiner should be able to determine the way a person died.  Without solving the case, what else could the police contribute?

I didn't personally know Joe Gliniewicz and there is no way for any of us to know what's in another person's heart, no matter how close we are to that person.  I know the things I've about "G.I. Joe" and that speaks volumes to me.  It just seems unlikely that he was the type of person to commit suicide.

Whatever happened on September 1 marked the passage of Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz from this life.  Whether he died at the hands of criminals,  because of an error in judgement, an accident or by his own hand, it should, in no way diminish his legacy or his memory.

This, then is all we need to know about Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz:

Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, Ret. US Army, 52 years old Antioch, IL passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2015. He was born August 25, 1963 in Libertyville, IL the son of Joseph and Debbie (McLean) Gliniewicz. Joe graduated from Antioch Community High School and went on to earn his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Kaplan University. Joe proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1981-2007, where he earned numerous service awards including: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Drill Sergeant Badge. On February 18, 1989 he married Melodie Resetar.

Joe had been serving on the Fox Lake Police Department since 1985; he worked many different assignments including canine officer, field training officer, and member of the SWAT team. He was promoted to Sergeant and then to his current position of Lieutenant. Joe was also part of the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post 300 and in 1987 he became head of the post. He was dedicated to the training of kids ages 14-21 to enter a career in law enforcement. Joe had huge success with the program, earning multiple awards and accolades in various state and country wide competitions. He implemented regional Explorer training events including Explorer SWAT Course, Sniper Course, and Explorer Basic Training Academy, and received international attention for all his hard work with the Post. He has seen hundreds of Explorers that he trained enter into law enforcement and military careers throughout his program. Joe was well known and deeply loved by the Fox Lake Community. He was a hard worker, who poured his heart and soul into everything he did. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Mel; four sons, Joseph, Donald “D.J.”, Jeffrey, and David; his mother, Debbie Gliniewicz; stepmother, Lynn Gliniewicz; a brother, Michael; a half-brother, Donald (Debbie) Gliniewicz; two step brothers, Eric and Shawn Gliniewicz; many nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Terry (nee Otto) Resetar; brother-in-law, William (Teresa) Resetar; and sisters-in-law, Roxanne (Jimmy) Brown and Michelle McDowell . Joe was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Gliniewicz, and his grandparents, Joe and Rosalie Gliniewicz.

Rest easy, Lieutenant.

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