Rest areas renamed in honor of late law enforcement officer

SPRINGFIELD – The House of Representatives voted this week to designate the rest areas on I-72 East and West at mile post 152 between Champaign and Decatur as “Sergeant Myron G. Deckard Memorial Rest Areas.”

Sergeant Deckard was shot and killed in June 2001 while transporting a prisoner along I-72 from Macon County to Vermillion County.

The legislation was sponsored by State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin). The bill had unanimous support.

 “Sergeant 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.”

Sergeant Deckard had served with the Vermilion County Sheriff's Department for 32 years and had been the warrant officer for 15 years.

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