Community Members Plan to Appear in Support of Deputy Edward Goewey at Will County Courthouse (Will County, IL) — Attorney Bob Bodach of the Tomczak Law Group is announcing that on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. a group of community members will be appearing in support of Deputy Edward Goewey as he makes his appearance at the Will County Courthouse to address charges of Disorderly Conduct arising from his concern for the safety of students after a gun threat at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Mokena.
Deputy Goewey received the Distinguish Service Award in May of 2021 from the Will County Sheriff’s Office for bravery, quick actions, and proficient knowledge while apprehending a violent offender now charged with Attempted Murder after a dangerous struggle on September 30, 2020. Deputy Goewey sustained significant injuries as a result.
While recovering, Deputy Goewey volunteered at St. Mary’s in Mokena, where his three children attended. In December of 2021, Deputy Goewey received word that a student had previously made a gun threat in the same classroom as his daughter. He and another parent went to the school to address the issue and requested they remove the student from the class, in accordance with his training and experience as a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) for the Sheriff’s Office specially trained to address these issues. Rather than listening to the concerned parent and decorated Deputy, the administrators of St. Mary’s chose to ask him to leave the premises and ultimately requested charges. Consequently, six days after the incident, the Diocese of Joliet notified the parents of their “regret” of not previously addressing the issue and they would be amending and instituting new protocols to their crisis management policy, including immediately removing any student from the classroom who makes a gun threat. These protocols are in accordance with Deputy Goewey’s very concerns at the time of the
Attorney Bodach has received information that a group of parents and other supporters will be in attendance on April 11, 2022 at his court appearance and will be making a brief statement immediately after the appearance.
Community Members Plan to Appear in Support of Deputy Edward Goewey at Will County Courthouse