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Procession honors Wauconda police officer Eric Schultz

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  • Wauconda residents Sarah Stendebach, left, of Kendall Welton light candles and watch a procession of police and sheriff's cars as they escort the body of Wauconda police officer Eric Schultz through downtown after a funeral was held at the Wauconda High School Thursday night. Schultz died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

       Wauconda residents Sarah Stendebach, left, of Kendall Welton light candles and watch a procession of police and sheriff's cars as they escort the body of Wauconda police officer Eric Schultz through downtown after a funeral was held at the Wauconda High School Thursday night. Schultz died after a lengthy battle with cancer.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

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      Eric Schultz

  • A procession of police and sheriff's cars drive under an American flag displayed by the Wauconda Fire Department as they escort the body of Wauconda police officer Eric Schultz through downtown after a funeral held at the Wauconda High School Thursday night. Schultz died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

       A procession of police and sheriff's cars drive under an American flag displayed by the Wauconda Fire Department as they escort the body of Wauconda police officer Eric Schultz through downtown after a funeral held at the Wauconda High School Thursday night. Schultz died after a lengthy battle with cancer.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
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A Wauconda police officer who died last weekend after a long battle with cancer was honored with a procession by law enforcement through the village Thursday night.

Police, fire and municipal vehicles escorted Eric Schultz's body on a procession through the village that started at Wauconda High School, following a visitation in the school's auditorium.

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Almost 900 police officers attended the visitation from as far away as Chicago, Elgin and Lake in the Hills. A group of 55 Wauconda firefighters attended the visitation and then displayed a flag across Main Street under which the procession proceeded.

Schultz died Sunday.

Schultz was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of pediatric bone cancer, in 2007. It cost him his right foot, but he was able to return to the department with the help of a prosthetic.

The disease returned, however, which led to more treatments. They ultimately proved unsuccessful, and he left active duty in 2013.

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