Thursday, August 12, 2021 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
On Aug. 9, the village of Bellwood held ceremonies for the dedication of two honorary street signs named after two late Bellwood Police officers.
A street sign for Officer James Davis was placed at the corner of 23rd Avenue and Randolph Street in the village.
Davis, a part-time member of the force, and his wife, Diva, were both fatally shot by their son, James Davis Jr., while visiting the 19-year-old at Central Michigan University.
Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey with loved ones of Bellwood Police Officer James E. Davis. | Bellwood Police Department/Facebook
Davis was a native of Bellwood who, along with serving as a part-time officer, also served in the U.S. military and the Illinois National Guard. He was also a police officer at Hines V.A. Hospital.
An honorary street sign for veteran Bellwood Police Officer Joseph “Kenny” Beard went up at the corner of Grant and Zuelke.
Loved ones of Joseph Beard, with Bellwood Police officers and Mayor Harvey, during an honorary street sign dedication on Aug. 9. | Village of Bellwood/Facebook
Beard was a 15-year veteran of the Bellwood force who died suddenly in 2017.
Bellwood Police Chief Jiminiz Allen said on Aug. 11 that the honorary signs were in the works for a while.
Officers James Davis and Joseph Beard. | File
“This was a collaborative effort between me and [Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey],” the chief said.