Davis Remembers Raymond Police Chief Valerie Hortenstine Sheldon
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) this week remembered the life and service of Raymond Police Chief Valerie Hortenstine Sheldon on the House floor. Sheldon tragically passed away in a traffic accident earlier this month.
Davis delivered the following remarks yesterday on the House floor:Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today to remember Valerie Hortenstine Sheldon, a beloved community police officer, who tragically passed away at the age of 39 in a traffic accident last week.
Valerie was the Chief of Police in Raymond, Illinois, a small, tight-knit community just a few miles away from my hometown of Taylorville.
She served as a law enforcement officer in three neighboring communities before coming to Raymond in 2007. She was named police chief nine and a half years ago by Raymond’s mayor, and it was Mayor Held who said she “fit the bill as the perfect small town officer.”
Those who worked with her said she was always willing to do what she could to help out the village. She oversaw the Neighborhood Watch program in Raymond, and she was a Montgomery County Emergency Management Volunteer as well as a member of the Montgomery County Search & Rescue Team. There was nothing more important to Valerie than the safety in her community.
Like most law enforcement officers, Valerie loved every day of her job and she loved serving the people of Raymond. She made a profound impact on so many, and I know she will be greatly missed.
My prayers are with her two sons, Jake and Isaac, her family, and the entire town of Raymond during this difficult time.