IL House Honors Fallen Hero Killed in the Line of Duty

In honor of his valiant service during which he made the ultimate sacrifice, the House of Representatives voted unanimously this week to designate the rest areas on Interstate 72 East and West at mile post 152 between Champaign and Decatur as “Sargent Myron G. Deckard Memorial Rest Areas.”

The legislation, sponsored by State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin), passed through a House transportation committee with unanimous support last week. “Sargent Deckard was shot and killed in the line of duty in June of 2001 while transporting a prisoner along I-72 from Macon County to Vermilion County,” said Hays. “He was a valued member of the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department for 32 years and is very deserving of this honor.”

According to Hays, Deckard was very involved in his community and was an active member of the Danville Rifle and Pistol Club. He was a 32nd degree Mason and past president of the Uncle Joe Cannon Toastmasters Club. In addition, he volunteered at local schools and gave law enforcement presentations to children. “Sargent Deckard’s dedication and devotion to law enforcement are the standard by which Illinois law enforcement is measured,” said Hays. “By honoring his memory through naming these rest areas after him, his heroic efforts will endure forever.”

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