|Illinois State Trooper Brian McMillen|
On Saturday, the Illinois House of Representatives adopted a joint resolution designating the Interstate 72, Exit 122 overpass as the “Trooper Brian McMillen Memorial Overpass”. Senate Joint Resolution 1 is sponsored by State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield), State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield) and State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville).
Trooper McMillen was killed at 2:49 a.m. on October 28, 2007, in an accident involving two separate drunk drivers on Dye Road near Illiopolis, while responding to a call from a local officer for assistance.
“It was a very sad day for us locally when we heard the news of fallen Trooper Brian McMillen,” said Rep. Butler. “Trooper McMillen was dedicated to protecting his community and nation. Dedicating the Exit 122 overpass to Trooper McMillen will honor his commitment to Illinois and his country, he will never be forgotten.”
Trooper McMillen grew up in Pana, Illinois. He enlisted in the Illinois Air National Guard in 2000 and was a proud member serving as a Tech Sergeant with the 183rd Security Forces Squadron Fighter Wing. During his tenure, he served 3 separate overseas deployments. He served in Saudi Arabia in 2002 as part of Operation South Watch, in Romania in 2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in Italy in 2005. McMillan received his bachelor degree in criminal justice in 2005 from the University of Illinois-Springfield.
“I commend Rep. Butler for his work on this important resolution to recognize the sacrifice of one of Pana’s finest,” said Rep. Bourne. “This resolution will bring honor to his legacy and hopefully inspire others to serve their communities.”
Trooper McMillen graduated from Illinois State Police Cadet Class #113, for which he served as president, on February 2, 2007.
“Trooper McMillen is a hero by any definition,” said Senator McCann. “This memorial will help keep the memory of the man and his sacrifice alive for all those who pass by.”
Effective upon becoming law, the Illinois Department of Transportation will be requested to display at suitable locations, appropriate plaques or signs giving notice of the name “Trooper Brian McMillen Memorial Overpass”.