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Officer Adam Zieminski honored with funeral procession

Mourners and neighboring municipalities honor former Calumet City officer

By Josh Bootsma and Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (December 13, 2020) – Burnham Avenue was travelled by a somber procession early Sunday evening as mourners and emergency vehicles honored fallen Calumet City Police Officer Adam Zieminski.

Lights of emergency vehicles from many municipalities lit up the dark street as the procession travelled from Smits Funeral Home in Dyer north to Calumet City before returning south down Burnham.


Lights from emergency vehicles lit up Burnham Avenue Sunday as Lansing residents came out to support fallen officer Adam Zieminski. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)


Flag-bearers stood on both sides of Burnham Avenue near Ridge Road as the procession passed. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The solemn demonstration followed a visitation, funeral service, and law enforcement walk-through at Smits Funeral Home. Zieminski died due to a medical emergency while on duty on the morning of December 7 while transporting a detainee. “The detainee alerted nearby Cook County Sheriff’s officers, who quickly responded with life-saving efforts, before he was transported to South Suburban Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased,” Calumet City Police said in a press release.

The procession travelled north to Calumet City, where it passed the Calumet City Police Department as well as TF North High School, the school from which Officer Zieminski graduated.

Lansing Village Trustees Brian Hardy (foreground) and Maureen Grady-Perovich (left) salute the passing procession, while Chamber Director Amy Todd captures the procession on video. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Flag-bearers lined Burnham Avenue near the Lansing Municipal Building. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Traffic on Ridge Road waits for the long procession to make its way north. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The lights created a blue and red blur as the procession headed north to Calumet City, where it passed TF North High School and the Calumet City Police Station before heading back south on Burnham. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Trustees Maureen Grady-Perovich (red coat) and Brian Hardy (holding flag) pay their respects to fallen officer Adam Zieminski:

A GoFundMe has been set up for Officer Zieminski’s two daughters. The campaign has already raised over $15,000, and is available here.


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.