Hometown remembers ‘high-regarded’ Wayne Co. deputy killed on duty

Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 7:10 PM CST
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CISNE, Ill. (WFIE) - Wednesday was a sad day in Wayne County, particularly in the community where Deputy Sean Riley lived.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Riley was shot and killed in the line of duty.

[READ MORE: Community mourns fallen Wayne Co. deputy, suspect in custody]

Community members tell 14 News that Deputy Riley lived in Cisne with his wife and three children.

Local residents say Deputy Riley and his family are well-respected people in the community. They also say the deputy’s wife is a worker in the school system, and their family has always been very active with school functions and other community events around town.

14 News spoke with several people in the area who say Deputy Riley will be sorely missed.

“When you’re dealing with a small community and you’re dealing with someone that’s high-regarded, or whether they are or not - the community always comes together,” Jana Henry, a friend of Deputy Riley’s family said. “And yes, it’s very devastating to think that something like that could happen in your community. He was a good officer, and everyone really liked him.”

There will be a drive-through benefit dinner on Saturday, January 8 for his family. It will be at the Cisne Bedford Township Fire Department starting at 11 a.m.

Deputy Sean Riley
Deputy Sean Riley(Wayne Co., Illinois, Sheriff's Office)

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