This month has been a very difficult one for the area. Deputy Maness will always be remembered for his desire to do right by the community, something that anyone who knew him would tell you from first-hand experience.
Deputy Maness had served with the McHenry County Sherriff’s Office for nearly eight years, following a 20 year U.S. Army career that involved service overseas in the 1990-91 Operation Desert Storm and designation as an Army Ranger.
Deputy Maness started quickly in his law enforcement career, graduating from the Police Training Institute as winner of the Ervin A. Warren Award, given to the graduate who best exemplifies honor, integrity and professionalism. His background and experience was quickly realized within the Sherriff’s office following training and led to him serving as a field training officer, SWAT team member and first aid instructor, along with receiving numerous letters of commendation and recognition during his time with them.
One of two officers severally injured at the Holiday Hills incident in October of 2014, Maness was determined to recover from his injuries and return to community service as soon as possible; despite a positive recovery, he lost his battle back to health this month. Maness was awarded a Purple Heart, named Officer of the Year by the Illinois Association of the Chiefs of Police and awarded the Illinois State Police Medal of Honor for his actions.
Nothing can replace the void left by the loss of Deputy Maness. I, like many others, hope that his efforts to serve his community and his nation, and make public service his life’s work will be an example to the next generation.
The resolution is House Resolution 780 and may be read in full here. It was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives on Thursday September 24, 2015.