FREEPORT (WREX) — It’s been five months since Illinois State Police Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was killed in the line of duty while working on the side of the road on Highway 20.
On Friday a ceremony cemented her legacy into that stretch of highway with the dedication of the Trooper Brooke Jones-Story Memorial Overpass. This is located at the Springfield Road bridge.
Multiple state and local leaders along with Brooke’s husband spoke during the memorial ceremony.
“The family and I were asked at one point where we wanted the sign placed and we were asked if we wanted down by Route 75 where this crash happened,” said Brooke’s husband, Robert. “Dad,mom,Lindsey and I all said absolutely not. We don’t want her legacy to be out there. We want it to be where she was. Brooke always liked to work the Springfield road map. That was her favorite fishing spot. She would look for things to stop at that location.”
“She was a real wonder woman,” said Acting Illinois State Police Director Brendand Kelly. “A strong and resilient woman who dedicated her life to protecting others. She not only served others in professional life but in her personal life. With her beloved rescue animals on her farm.”
“As Brooke slipped away on her final journey home to touch the hand of God, she laid down her nightstick,enrolled in your heavenly force,” said Representative John Cabello. “Where she will be as proud to guard the throne of God as she has been proud to serve the citizens of Illinois.”