Jim Heier Veterans Fishing Derby

Every June, the Vernon Hills Police Department hosts an event known as the Jim Heier Veterans Fishing Derby. The occasion, which is held at Big Bear and Little Bear Lakes, is named after the late Vernon Hills Trustee Jim Heier. The 2017 Derby was held on Sunday, June 25.  Although it was just a bit chilly and window, it did not take away from the fun.

Thirty-one of Veterans from the V.A. Medical Center in North Chicago are brought in for several relaxing hours of fun and a barbecue lunch. Experienced or not, it doesn't matter as there are always plenty of knowledgeable VHPD personnel and other volunteers on hand to make sure that everyone has fun. Each participant receives a goody bag at the beginning of the event. The festivities conclude with an awards ceremony and raffle.

The Jim Heier Fishing Derby is another way that the Vernon Hills Police Department thanks Veterans for their service to our country. Anyone who would like to assist in any way at the next Derby is asked to contact Andi Hoppe at andih@vhills.org.

Enjoy these pictures from the 2017 Jim Heier Fishing Derby:

The walk of honor

Walkway lined with flags

Each guest received a backpack filled with goodies.

Guests on the walkway
Guests getting off the bus
Guests with poles

Food line

Lunch line

Chief Patrick L. Kreis greeted the guests

The Chief greeting a guest

Chief Kreis and the Vernon Hills queens

The Chief with Vernon Hills queens

A beautiful setting


Officer Ryan Yaeger and Officer Chelsea Britten

Officer Yaeger and Officer Britten

End of the event awards and raffle ceremony

Group at awards and raffle ceremony