PONTIAC, Ill. -- Despite searching for answers after that tragic Wednesday evening teachers, friends and family are remembering 29-year-old Officer Casey J. Kohlmeier for who he was.
"He was your typical great kid next door," said Jack Bristow, Kohlmeier's high school law enforcement teacher and mentor. "He was always smiling, always bringing a lot of energy, very great academically, involved in school and had excellent character and morals."
Part of the legacy Kohlmeier left was at Pontiac High School, where he and his canine partner, Draco, would visit annually to speak to Bristow's future Law Enforcement class.
"His personality was infectious," said Bristow. "The students always looked forward to getting to see him, getting to see the dog to demonstrations. He was always the most anticipated guest speakers."
Pontiac high school will be hosting visitation services at the Pontiac High School Auditorium Saturday morning at 8am. Funeral services will follow at noon.
"He has been a positive influence, whether professionally or personally on literally thousands of people," said superintendent Jon Kilgore. "It's a honor to celebrate his life by hosting his services here."
The students in Bristow's law enforcement classes that Kohlmeier spoke with will be giving back.
"We've been asked to take care of all the parking here which we expect hundreds and hundreds of cars to come through here tomorrow," Bristow said. "I'm guessing 100-200 squad cars will be here tomorrow."
Though Kohlmeier is physically gone. His team, friends and family say his legacy will continue to live on.