Springfield, IL-(Effingham Radio)- The Illinois State Police (ISP) Heritage Basis hosted a ceremony commemorating the addition of Senior Grasp Trooper Todd Hanneken’s title to the memorial wall within the ISP Memorial Park positioned at 615 East Lawrence Avenue in Springfield, IL on March 25, 2022. Members of the family of Senior Grasp Trooper Hanneken, ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly, ISP Benefit Board Director Emily Fox, and different distinguished company have been current as ISP marked the one-year anniversary of the day Senior Grasp Trooper Hanneken was taken within the line of responsibility after being concerned in a single-vehicle site visitors crash whereas in his police automobile.
“The letters on this wall kind a message for all who come right here, and all who see and browse these many, many names. The letters on this wall say ‘bear in mind’,” stated ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly. “As a result of our hearts could ache, the injuries could by no means utterly heal, it’s our sacred responsibility to recollect all of them, to recollect Todd, endlessly. To not accomplish that, could be to dishonor what Senior Grasp Trooper Todd Hanneken and his household stand for. We are going to honor him, we are going to honor his lifetime of service and the service and sacrifice of his household.”
Senior Grasp Trooper Hanneken started his watch in Cadet Class100. He was initially assigned to District 15 after which transferred to District 10 in 2002. Senior Grasp Trooper Hanneken made greater than 100 DUI arrests early in his profession. In 2019 and 2020, he made greater than 500 stops. In Might 2018, Senior Grasp Trooper Hanneken was awarded the Medal for Honor for the heroic actions he took throughout an incident which he saved the lifetime of an Illinois Division of Transportation employee.
Subsequent Friday, April 1, is the 100-year anniversary, the Centennial, of the Illinois State Police, the day yearly designated by regulation as Trooper Day in Illinois. It should additionally mark the one-year anniversary of the day the ISP formally ended the watch of Senior Grasp Trooper Hanneken and stated one ultimate goodbye.