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 2018 Derby was held on Sunday, June 24.  The weather was absolutely perfect.

Forty veterans from the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago were 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 2018 Jim Heier Fishing Derby:


Getting ready for the fun.

Fishing 2

Everone received a backpack filled with goodies.

Vets at lunch

Mmmm. Which pole should I use?

Fishing poles
Fishing 4
Fishing 5
Vets and bus
Check-in line
Vet checking in
Food line

Chief Kreis with the queens who assisted.

Chief with queens
Fishing 1
Fishing 3

Taking in the beautiful day. Pole? Who needs a pole?

Vet relaxing

Weigh time.

Weighing fish
Volunteers under tent

One persons haul. That's a lot of fish!

Bucket of fish

Raffle and awards.

Vet group