Illinois State Police Officers Honor The Fallen At The Annual Illinois Police Officers Memorial Day
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois State Police (ISP) Officials joined police officers and other law enforcement agencies from across the state, for the 27th Annual Illinois Police Officers Memorial Day. ISP Director Hiram Grau was joined by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at the ceremony to show support and remember law enforcement’s true heroes.
“Our men and women in law enforcement embody tradition, honor and service,” Governor Quinn said. “The legacies of fallen officers will always live on, and the Illinois Police Officers Memorial Day tribute reminds us every day that we must never forget the sacrifice of those whom we have lost,” Governor Quinn said.
Every year during the first week in May, law enforcement officials and police officers from across the state of Illinois gather for an interfaith service, and march to the State Capital for a formal statue ceremony to honor those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice.
This year’s honorees included Chicago Police Officer Paul Nauden, and Chicago Police Officer Clifton Lewis. Historic Honorees Deputy Sheriff Leonard Gordon of DuPage County Sheriff’s Police Department; Deputy Sheriff Ralph Hoy of DuPage County Sheriff’s Police Department, Police Officer William Pottow, Jr. of Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department; and Police Officer Leonard Hurwitz of Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department.
“The Annual Illinois Police Officers Memorial Day is an integral part of the Illinois State Police Department’s history,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “I am humbled to share in a tradition that honors and remembers the brave men and women of the Illinois State Police, as well as every police officer who serves with courage and bravery every day,” said ISP Director Grau.
Hundreds of police officers, leaders from civic, religious and law enforcement groups joined Governor Quinn, elected officials, and Director Grau at the Police Officers Memorial on the grounds of the State Capital to honor the officers and their families.
More than 25 Honor Guards from police departments across the state were present to salute their fallen comrades.