Rep. Hays Participates in Dedication Ceremony Honoring Rest Areas for Fallen Police Sargent

State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) was among a group of dignitaries on August 29 who officially dedicated the Sargent Myron G. Deckard Memorial Rest Areas on Interstate 72 near Decatur.

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. A valued member of the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department for 32 years, the ceremony in his honor on Saturday was attended by a large crowd of both law enforcement and community members.

“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.”

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.

Hays was the Chief House Sponsor of the House Resolution that declared the rest areas on I-72 east and west of mile post 152 between Champaign and Decatur as “Sargent Myron G. Deckard Memorial Rest Areas.”