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Fallen Illinois State Police Trooper Brian McMillen Remembered at 6th Annual Memorial Run & Walk

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Press Release Date: May 24, 2013

Illinois State Police Raffle Golf Cart to Support ISP Heritage Foundation

Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) Veterans Club are joining forces to commemorate and celebrate fallen ISP Trooper Brian McMillen, who was killed in the line of duty October 28, 2007.

Trooper McMillen attended LLCC, where he also worked in the Veteran’s Affairs Office, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois-Springfield.  Trooper Brian McMillen also served as a Technical Sergeant in the Illinois Air National Guard’s 183rd Security Forces Squadron Fighter Wing, where he participated in overseas deployments to Saudi Arabia, Romania, and Italy. 

On October 28, 2007, Trooper Brian McMillen, while responding to a request for assistance by a local officer, was fatally struck by an intoxicated driver as he traveled southbound on Dye Road near Illiopolis, Illinois.  He was 24 years old and was assigned to ISP District 9, where he proudly served the ISP for eight months. 

Trooper McMillen was an athlete and devoted runner and the Lincoln Land Community College Veterans Club has kept his legacy of service alive by honoring his accomplishments with the Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk. Proceeds from the event will support the Lincoln Land Community College Brian McMillen Veterans Scholarship to honor Brian’s legacy and to provide financial support to veterans attending LLCC.

ISP officials, Lincoln Land Community College alumni, community members and local businesses will participate in the 6th Annual Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk on Saturday, May 25, 2013 starting at 8:00 a.m. at Lincoln Land Community College’s Springfield Campus.

The Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation will also be raffling tickets to support its efforts in building a police memorial park to honor fallen heroes killed in the line of duty.

The raffle ticket winner will receive a custom “Stars and Stripes” themed golf cart with custom wheels, an MP3 stereo, a fully tinted windshield, and many other extras. Officials have created a unique, one of a kind golf cart that commemorates fallen heroes and their service to honor and duty.

“We are proud to honor our fallen heroes and dedicate our efforts every year to raise funds towards a permanent Police Memorial Park, so they will never be forgotten,” said ISP Lt. Col. Jill Rizzs.  “The ISP Heritage Foundation looks forward to raffling this special golf cart for a noble cause that will no doubt remind our police family members and supporters about their loved ones and their legacies of service,” she added.

Registrations for the 6th Annual Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk are being accepted at the event.  Tickets for the golf cart to benefit the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation can be obtained by contacting ISP Lt. Col.  Jill Rizzs at (217) 836-7466.

 

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