FITHIAN — A well-known law enforcement official and county board member in Vermilion County has passed away.
Bruce Stark, 67, a longtime Danville police officer as well as police chief in Fithian died Sunday at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center in Hoopeston.
Danville Police Chief Chris Yates said Mr. Stark joined the department in 1978, retiring as a sworn officer in 2013.
He continued his service with the department in a civilian capacity as the staff services coordinator and evidence manager until his retirement in May 2021.
Yates said Mr. Stark had worked as a patrol officer and later as a detective.
“I worked with him in the investigations division when I was a sergeant,” Yates said. “He was just a good guy, constantly working, a good human being. A lot of people knew him.”
Yates said many was the time when officers were working in a conflict situation when members of the public would ask “where’s Starks at?” wanting him to handle the case. “They always called him ‘Starks’.”
Mr. Stark served as chief of police in Fithian and Indianaola and worked with the Tilton Police Department.
“He stayed busy,” Yates said.
Tilton Police Chief Phil Bernardi said Mr. Stark, who served as a part-time patrolman and evidence officer for the past 2 1/2 years with the Tilton Police Department, was always thinking of others first.
“If anybody wanted time off, it didn’t matter. He put everything aside to accommodate other officers,” Bernardi said. “The night before he passed, he knew we were short and saw me outside working. He said, ‘Whatever you need, I’m here for ya.’”
Mr. Stark and his wife, Becky, were members of the Vermilion County Board. Representing District 9, he served since 2002.
Funeral services for Mr. Stark will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Danville.