Early this year the Effingham Sunrise Rotary Club began a fundraising effort for a new memorial to honor District 12 Troopers from the Illinois State Police that were killed in the line of duty. Wednesday morning the dedication of the memorial was held in downtown Effingham on the lawn of the old courthouse, were the memorial now stands.
Four District 12 troopers have been killed in the line of duty. The most recent of the four was Effingham County resident Layton Davis, who was shoot by a wanted fugitive during an Interstate traffic stop in 1976. Along with Davis, Troopers Frank Doris, Harry Bradley, and George Wheeler, who were killed in 1967, 1957, an 1927, are all memorialized with their names engraved on the monument.
Speakers at the dedication included family members of the fallen officers, Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker, and Effingham County Board Chairman Jim Niemann.
District 12 is the local state police district. It contains 10 area counties, including Effingham, Fayette, Cumberland, Jasper, Marion, and Clay.