Bradley Police Sergeant Tyler Bailey Retires After Courageous Service


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BRADLEY, IL – Surrounded by the support of his family, friends, and colleagues from the Bradley Police Department and the Kankakee County Law Enforcement community, Sergeant Tyler Bailey bid farewell to his law enforcement career this week. This marked the beginning of his well-deserved retirement and continued rehabilitation.

During the heartfelt ceremony, Sergeant Bailey received a warm send-off from his fellow officers. They expressed their gratitude for his dedicated service as a police officer for the Villages of Bradley and Momence. Bailey’s commitment to public safety, his valuable contributions to the Kankakee Area Law Enforcement Honor Guard, and his involvement with the Kankakee County Emergency Response Team were greatly appreciated.

“We pray for your full recovery and wish you a long and healthy retirement. It’s been an honor to work with you,” stated an emotional tribute delivered during the event. With his final radio call, Sergeant Tyler Bailey, known as Bradley 547, officially signed off from duty, marking the end of an era.

Accompanied by his wife Sydney, Sergeant Bailey was met with applause and congratulations from family and friends who had gathered to show their support. In recognition of his outstanding service to the Kankakee County Emergency Response Team, he was presented with a Retirement Plaque by KCSO Lt. Bayston.

The journey leading up to this momentous day has been one of resilience and courage for Sergeant Bailey. On December 29th, 2021, while responding to a call about dogs, he and his partner, Sergeant Marlene Rittmanic, were ambushed and attacked by two individuals. Tragically, Sgt. Rittmanic lost her life, and Sgt. Bailey was critically injured.

The perpetrators, Darius D. Sullivan, 25, and Xandra A. Harris, 26, face serious charges, including the shooting and killing of Sgt. Rittmanic and critically injuring Officer Bailey. Prosecutors are pushing for the death penalty in this case.

In addition to his heroic efforts, Sgt. Bailey’s dedication was acknowledged back in December 2022 when he was promoted to the rank of sergeant during a Bradley Village Board meeting. This recognition further affirmed his commitment to protecting and serving the community.

The Bradley Police Department stands united in supporting Sgt. Tyler Bailey today, tomorrow, and throughout his future endeavors. As he embarks on his retirement, the department expresses its gratitude for his unwavering bravery and service. Sgt. Bailey’s legacy will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of law enforcement officers in their quest to keep our communities safe.

Shane Saathoff
Shane Saathoff
An active writer for two decades, Shane's focuses on local news and events throughout the area, Shane is an active historian, science nerd, and tech geek. Shane is a native of Bourbonnais, IL, and alumni of Olivet Nazarene University.


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