#TBT Who is that mustachioed young man?

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By Bob Uphues


You may not recognize the mustachioed young patrolman in this photo, but it is Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.

In October 1987, Weitzel received a plaque from then-Trustee Joseph DiNatale, who at the time was the village board's police and fire committee chairman. You can't read what's on the plaque, but it's the IACP/DuPont Kevlar Survivor's Award. Kevlar, of course, is the material bulletproof vests are made from.

And back on Aug. 12, 1987, Weitzel really needed that bulletproof vest. Weitzel was a relative newcomer on the Riverside police force when he got out of his squad car to check on a suspicious vehicle parked on the north end of the village in the early morning hours.

As he approached the vehicle, a man stepped out, pointed a shotgun at Weitzel and pulled the trigger. Here's the Chicago Tribune's account of the incident

Email: buphues@wjinc.com Twitter: @RBLandmark

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