MCHENRY – McHenry city officials recognized McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Maness with an honorary road sign near where he and his family called home for nearly a decade.
The street sign, located at the intersection of Reagan Boulevard and Lincoln Road, was placed in the subdivision Aug. 29 after unanimous approval from the McHenry City Council.
Maness died Sept. 14, 2015, nearly one year after the Holiday Hills shooting.
He and partner Deputy Khalia Satkiewicz responded in October 2014 to a reported domestic incident at the Holiday Hills home of Scott B. Peters, 53, who fired more than a dozen rounds at the two officers. Maness’ femur was shattered and a vein in his leg was severed in the shooting. After 15 surgeries he never regained the ability to walk.
Maness spent several months recovering before he developed a blood clot in his lungs and died suddenly during a physical therapy appointment.
Earlier this year, McHenry Police Deputy Chief John Birk, who knew Maness, filed an application with the city to request a sign honoring Maness. In the application, Birk said Maness is an example of someone who spent a lifetime serving others, and so McHenry should honor his work and ultimate sacrifice so all residents remember who he was and what he did for the county.
“Time goes by and people seem to forget about things. This is an opportunity for people to drive down Lincoln Road and remember,” Birk said.
Sheriff Bill Prim said the recognition is a “welcoming tribute to a devoted public servant.”
“The honorary drive will serve as a reminder that the people we serve recognize and appreciate the sacrifice that Dwight and all first responders put forth each day while serving and protecting,” he said in a statement.