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FOP Critical Incident Memorial Team takes care of its own Source: Rob Earnshaw, The Times of Northwest Indiana Date: September 27, 2014 The Critical Incident Memorial Team covers the entire state and assists agencies and families of officers killed in the line of duty. The team's leadership is local — Lake County Sheriff's Department Chief Tim Downs is its president. Downs also is president of the Indiana FOP. The team's chairman, Joe Hamer, is a former Gary police officer now with the Sheriff's Department.