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State Police Announce Memorial Park Dedication

State Police Announce Memorial Park Dedication

The Illinois State Police dedicated its brand new, $2 million Memorial Park on Tuesday. (Photo Courtesy/Illinois State Police). 

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police officially dedicated its Memorial Park on Tuesday afternoon, in tribute to its past fallen officers.

The ISP Memorial Park, formerly known as Becker Park, serves as a dedication to the lives and service of 67 ISP officers who have been killed while serving in the line of duty. Tuesday’s ceremony was hosted by the ISP Heritage Foundation, and received donations from sizable donors – namely State Farm and Motorola.

Many local and state dignitaries were in attendance for the dedication ceremony, including current Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and retired ISP First Deputy Director Jack S. Garcia. Remarks were also made by current ISP Director Leo Schmitz – who spoke on the importance of remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, in the name of service.

“This memorial park honors the men and women of the Illinois State Police who put the safety and well-being of others before their own. On behalf of all past, present, and future ISP employees, I want to thank the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation for building this beautiful park to honor our fallen heroes.”

Governor Rauner also offered his praise for all of ISP’s fallen heroes.

“This memorial park will always remind us of the values these heroes lived by: integrity, service and pride…They were selfless in their conviction and passion for justice and from now on, every person who visits this memorial and reads the names on that wall will remember the men and women who gave it all for the people of Illinois.”

The memorial has seen droves of people – family, friends, and strangers alike – come out in droves to pay thanks and tribute to the 67 officers who have been lost over the years. Now officially dedicated and open, ISP’s Memorial Park can be visited near the ISP Springfield headquarters, located on Lawrence Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets.

John Murray contributed to this story.

John Murray

October 4th, 2018

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