Officer Scot Fitzgerald honored in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD – Officer Scot Fitzgerald’s name has been permanently added to the Police Memorial located on the Illinois State Capitol Grounds, which is a monument to officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Officer Fitzgerald was one of four police officers honored during the 2017 Police Memorial Ceremony in Springfield on May 4th for making the ultimate sacrifice.
“Adding his name to our state’s police memorial will serve as a permanent reminder of his sacrifice for his fellow man,” said Sen. McCann (R-Plainview). “I hope his memory will offer inspiration for generations of people to pursue a higher calling through a life of service and sacrifice.”
South Jacksonville Police Officer Scot Fitzgerald died in the line of duty in March of 2016 while responding to a medical call near Nortonville Road. He had previously served with the Scott County Sheriff, and Winchester and Bluffs police offices. Officer Fitzgerald also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Murrayville Fire District, and had recently been selected as a member of the Special Response Team in Morgan County.
In May of 2016, Illinois Route 267 from I-72 to Nortonville Rd. was renamed in honor of Fitzgerald due to legislation passed into law by Senator McCann and Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville).