|Officer David Tapscott, photo Courtesy of SJR|
On Wednesday, the Illinois House of Representatives adopted a joint resolution designating the portion of North 9th Street between East Converse Street and East Ridgely Street in Springfield as the “Officer David Tapscott Memorial Street”. House Joint Resolution 147 is sponsored by Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) and was introduced at the request of Springfield’s 4th Ward Alderman John Fulgenzi.
Officer David R. Tapscott died December 26, 1979 from injuries sustained from an accident while on duty the evening of Christmas Eve, December 24, 1979.
“David Tapscott graciously and compassionately served the citizens of Springfield,” said Rep. Butler. “I have been told he was well-liked by his fellow officers as well as the public. Officer Tapscott loved his profession and he excelled at his work. He exemplified the true meaning of a dedicated policeman.”
At approximately 10:00 p.m. on December 24, 1979, Tapscott responded to a disturbance call at a northend Springfield tavern. Tapscott was following a sheriff’s deputy as they approached the railroad underpass on North 9th Street. The deputy in front of David Tapscott drove left of the center pier to get around a vehicle on the right. Officer Tapscott began to follow, then realized the vehicle had stopped allowing him time to pass it and pull back into the right northbound lane. The prisoner transport van Tapscott was driving did not maneuver well on wet surfaces and it was unable to move quickly enough to avoid hitting the center pier head on. He was severely injured and transported to St. John’s Hospital where he died two days later.
David Tapscott was born in Liberty, Kentucky in 1951 to George and Nettie Tapscott; he had four brothers and three sisters. David Tapscott’s family moved to Pleasant Plains, where he graduated from high school in 1969. While in high school, he excelled in basketball and track and after graduation he worked at his brother’s garage while attending Lincoln Land Community College.
House Joint Resolution 147 now moves to the Senate for consideration, where the bill is sponsored by Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington).