Senate Republican lawmakers have recently joined Illinois law enforcement officials and firefighters, as well as their families, colleagues, friends and members of the public to honor the sacrifices of the state’s first responders.
On May 8, firefighters from around the state traveled to Springfield to participate in the 25th Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighting Medal of Honor Ceremony. Senator Neil Anderson (Andalusia), a firefighter himself, talks about the importance of the firefighter memorial ceremony in Springfield and the important role these men and women play in our lives.
Senator Sue Rezin (Peru) also welcomed three Peru firefighters who received the Firefighter Excellence Award for rescuing a woman in a fire in LaSalle last September. Pictured, Senator Rezin thanks Lt. Neil Nadolski, Firefighter Alex Duncan and Firefighter Ben Bentley for their service and professionalism.
Senator Chapin Rose presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to the family of Homer Fire Protection District Firefighter John “Mike” Cummins during the 25th Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial & Firefighting Medal of Honor Award Ceremony May 8 in Springfield. The late John “Mike” Cummins was honored during the memorial, with his family also receiving the Line of Duty Death Award.
Last week, law enforcement officers from every region of Illinois participated in the annual memorial ceremony honoring those who have given their lives in the performance of duty, and adding the names of fallen comrades to the Capitol complex Police Memorial. Senator Dave Syverson spoke to several officers outside the State Library following the ceremony.