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    Please keep our Department in your prayers. Good friend of mine and one of those great guys right in line to retire.

    HAMMOND | A veteran Hammond police officer died of apparent natural causes shortly after reporting for duty on Friday morning, according to the Hammond Police Department.

    Sgt. James B. Medwetz, 51, complained of chest pains around 5 a.m. at his post in the Hammond City Jail and subsequently died at St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Center, colleagues said.

    Medwetz, a certified field training officer, joined the Hammond force in 1981 and served in the Patrol Section, Criminal Investigation Division and Support Division, and previously worked as a security officer in Hammond City Court.

    He earned numerous awards and commendations during his 29 years of active duty, and was promoted to sergeant in 1993.

    Medwetz followed in the footsteps of his father, Robert W. "Bob" Medwetz, a Hammond Police officer for 33 years. The senior Medwetz retired in 1994 and lives in Hammond.

    Sgt. Medwetz is survived by a former spouse, son, James, and daughter, Amber.

    "Jim will be fondly remembered as a husband, father and officer with an upbeat personality who took life's ups and downs in stride," said Lt. Richard Hoyda, police spokesman.

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    RIP. Prayers to the family
    Stay safe out there

    "Cancel that central, its a moose"

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