The Illinois Peace Officers Memorial Service was held on May 6 in Springfield to honor men and women of law enforcement who died in 2019 and 2020. This annual ceremony honors the brave men and women who have given their lives in the performance of their duty. On the west lawn of the Illinois State Capitol stands a monument to these dedicated public servants. Inscribed on the monument are the names of fallen heroes.
This year, names were read for 2021 honorees and 2020 honorees. For 2021, 10 current names and three historic names of officers will be added to the monument. Current names: Officer Marco Di Franco, Sergeant Clifford Martin Sr., Officer Ronald Newman, and Field Training Officer Titus T. Moore, all of the Chicago Police Department; Correctional Officer Sheila Rivera, Deputy Sheriff Richard O’Brien, Correctional Officer Antoine Jones, Correctional Officer Jose Marquez, and Deputy Sheriff Richard Santiago Jr., all of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office; and Chief Terrence Allen Engle of the Hampton Police Department.
Historic names: Assistant City Marshall Herbert Bronson of Charleston Police Department; City Marshall John Logan of Lewis Police Department; and Deputy Clarence
Lanham of McLean County Sheriff’s Office.
For 2020, six current names and three historic names of officers will be added to the monument. Current names: Trooper First Class Christopher Lambert, Trooper First Class Brooke Jones-Story, Trooper First Class Gerald Ellis, and Trooper First Class Nicholas Hopkins, all of Illinois State Police; Deputy Sheriff Jacob Keltner of McHenry County Sheriff’s Office; and Deputy Sheriff Troy Chisum of Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. Historic names: Officer Joseph Hood of Savana Police Department; Officer Bert Plattenberger of Savanna Police Department; and Officer Owen Masterton of Glenview Police Department.