Resolution Honors Fallen Hero from Vermilion County

In honor of a Vermilion County resident who was killed in 2009 during service to his country in Afghanistan, a segment of Illinois Route 1 between Westville and Georgetown will now be known as Sgt. Kenneth R. Nichols Jr. Memorial Highway.

The legislation making the designation, HJR 99, was sponsored by State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin), and was approved unanimously on Wednesday. During his remarks about the resolution, Hays said he had recently met the Nichols family at a Veterans Day ceremony in Ridge Farm. “I told Sgt. Nichol’s father and his family that the House Resolution honoring him had been approved by a House Committee and would be coming to the House Floor for a vote.”

Nichols grew up in Chrisman and graduated from Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School. He died on December 1, 2009 when his unit was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. At the time of his death, Nichols had served for four years in the U.S. Army.

“HJR 99 provides much deserved recognition to a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country,” said Hays. “Through this highway designation, his memory will live on forever and will serve as a reminder for us all that we have brave men and women who deserve our gratitude and respect for their decision to protect our freedoms.”