A Bolingbrook police officer and his mother, father and brother were killed in a car crash Monday in Ireland. The family was abroad for a relative's funeral.
Stephen Alexander, 49, a 17-year Bolingbrook Police Department veteran, left behind his two daughters, ages 10 and 11, when he died in New Ross / Wexford, Ireland, according to a news release from the department.
"[They] were his pride and joy," the release stated.
Doug, Lily and Doug Jr. Alexander were also killed in the crash.
Steve received an associates degree in Criminal Justice from the College of DuPage, and graduated from the Cook County Police Academy in 2001 as valedictorian. He also received the top marksmen award at the academy.
Steve was a park patrol officer with the Bolingbrook Police Department. He also was an assistant team leader for the Raid Entry and Containment Team; the lead department instructor in defensive tactics and use of force; and an instructor for firearms, rapid deployment and breaching.
He received numerous department commendations, including the Life Saving Award in 2013 and Top Gun Award, and was nominated as Police Officer of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
“Steve was an exemplary officer who took great pride in his law enforcement career and who devoted himself to protecting and serving the citizens of Bolingbrook," Director Ken Teppel said. "Steve will be missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him and we will forever keep the Alexander family in our thoughts and our prayers.”
Steve also taught self-defense classes and self-confidence skills to women and Girl Scouts at the Bolingbrook Park District and was a member of “Beat the Heat,” a nonprofit organization, which focused on community outreach to improve driver safety and police community relations.
He enjoyed racing his vintage Camaro and talking to children about vehicle and driving safety, and recently hosted and organized a Squad Car Night at the Bolingbrook Promenade. The event, in partnership with Illinois Special Olympics, attracted police vehicles from all over the state. It concluded with a “parade of lights” — a vehicle procession through the main street of the Promenade.