Meux funeral expected to draw hundreds

2012-03-09T14:15:00Z 2013-12-12T13:58:13Z Meux funeral expected to draw hundredsBy Bill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Local officials are preparing for as many as 1,000 police, fire and correctional officers to mourn Britney Meux.

Danny Overly, of the Critical Incident Team for the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police, said Friday officials decided to move funeral services from a Gary church to the original auditorium within the First Baptist Church of Hammond to accommodate the expected throng.

The FOP Critical Incident Team, which has organized funeral arrangements for fallen officers since 1993, called a meeting Friday of about 100 representatives from state, county and municipal law enforcement and public safety departments to finalize details of the memorial services.

Overly said visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ridgelawn Funeral Home, 4201 W. Ridge Road, Gary. The funeral is set to begin 11 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, 473 Sibley St., Hammond.

He said the funeral procession will be routed past the Lake County Jail and the nearby accident scene and to Ridgelawn for interment.

Meux, 25, of Crown Point, died and three of her colleagues were injured when an SUV ran them over as they jogged alongside 93rd Avenue near Main Street on Tuesday night.

"We have been receiving an outpouring of sympathy from as far away as California, New York and Florida," Sheriff John Buncich said Friday morning.

He said correctional Officers David Murchek, Latasha Johnson and Delano Scaife have undergone surgery and are recovering.

The sheriff also announced the creation of The Savannah Beiley Hardiman Fund to assist Meux's 5-month-old daughter, Savannah. Donations can be made at any Centier Bank.

Overly said the last officer in Lake County to die in the line of duty was Gary Patrolman Benjamin Wilcher Jr. on Aug. 12, 2007, when his squad car collided with another during a chase.

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