“You can’t ask for a better guy” | Family of fallen Illinois officer to bid final farewell to funeral
By Stephanie Baumer, Digital Content Producer
PONTOON BEACH, Illinois (KMOV) – The life of Pontoon Beach Officer Tyler Timmins will be remembered at a funeral service Tuesday morning.
The tours took place from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville. A line of first responders began at 5 p.m. and law enforcement officers from both sides of the river were on hand to pay their respects. Friends and family paid tribute by sharing fond memories. Family friend Darla Becker remembers spending time with Timmins and her brother.
âTyler and his brother would come to watch the games. They went to Wood River but they were coming to watch the games, play hockey, âBecker said. “He’s never met a stranger, great guy, great guy, you can’t ask for a better guy.”
Madison County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday announced charges against Scott Hyden for the murder of Officer Tyler Timmins
Constable Timmins’ funeral will be held at the same location on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. A police procession will begin at 9:30 am Burial services are private.
The release of the memorial arrangements came hours after the Timmins family released the following statement through the Illinois State Police Department:
âConstable Tyler Timmins’ family mourn the loss of our son, husband, father, brother and friend. We would like to thank the law enforcement community and the thousands of others who have expressed their love, support and concern.
Tyler has been the epitome of compassion, empathy, and caring throughout his life. He gained notoriety on October 26 when he was senselessly killed in the line of duty. For many he was a hero that day, for us he has been a hero from day one.
There are no words to describe what was taken from us. We will always remember his dedication to his family, his dedication to his career and his community, and the love and laughter he shared with us.
We understand that Tyler’s murder suspect is in custody, but the family urges you to please respect our privacy during this time of mourning. We will not comment on the ongoing investigation. Other media inquiries can be directed to [email protected]
The family of deceased Pontoon Beach police officer Tyler Timmins have released a statement.
Madison County State Attorney Tom Haine was joined by Master Sgt. Elbert Jennings and Pontoon Beach Police Chief Chris Modrusic for a Wednesday afternoon press conference to announce the charges against Scott Hyden. He was charged with two counts of first degree murder, discharging a firearm at a peace officer, illegal possession of a weapon and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.
Since 8:00 am Tuesday morning, there has been a huge surge of support for the late Pontoon Beach Police Officer Tyler Timmins.
Illinois State Police officials said Constable Timmins was shot on Tuesday as he approached a suspected stolen vehicle at the Speedway gas station on Route 111 near E Chain of Rocks Rd. Before 8 a.m., Hyden was taken into custody at the scene. Two other people were also arrested, but no further charges in Timmins’ death are expected.
Constable Timmins was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries and later pronounced dead. The BackStoppers help the officer’s family.
Constable Timmins, 36, had been an officer in Madison County for 14 years. He served in Roxana, Worden and Hartford before joining the Pontoon Beach Police Force in April 2020.
Police spoke to the public after Constable Tyler Timmins was shot dead at Pontoon Beach.
Russell Morrow was on his way to work in front of the Speedway when he heard the gunshots. âI heard it was ‘pop, pop, pop, pop, pop’, gunshots and I went over there, and there were only two police cars there. They stopped a guy lying on the ground, I guess he stole a vehicle, that’s what I heard, âhe said.
After the shooting, Morrow said officers began to perform CPR on the injured officer. The police then attempted to get the injured officer into a police car. “I slipped into a police car trying to help him through the police car so that they could take him to the hospital,” Morrow explained.
Speaking to News 4, Morrow said he still has the officer’s blood on him. He did not know how many times the officer had been shot in the incident.
âYesterday was a tragic day. And while we will continue to honor – and mourn – Agent Timmins, the work of justice begins now. Our police are heroes, âHaine said in a press release. âViolent attacks on the police are absolutely unacceptable in our community. Those who attack police officers – public servants who have dedicated their lives to protecting us all from evil – will be prosecuted with the full force of the law. “
On Tuesday afternoon, Senator Dick Durbin took to Twitter to offer his condolences to the family of Constable Timmins. âSend our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Constable Tyler Timmons, who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect his community. May he rest in peace, “he wrote.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the Timmins family.
Hyden, of Highland, had a long criminal history that began in August 2010 when he was charged with damaging a man’s car. Then, in 2013, he was found with a stolen gun and heroin, and sentenced to just under three years in prison. After being released, Hyden was released on probation, whom he raped, and was returned to prison. When he was released on guard for the second time, Hyden received another drug charge and was returned to jail.
In June 2021, Hyden was charged with using a stolen debit card. In this case, News 4 discovered he had an arrest warrant for him.
First degree murder charges carry a 45-year life sentence.
âBe clear, we will absolutely be asking for the maximum sentence in this case,â Haine said.
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