It was an honor to attend the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department’s 35th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service with Doug Jameson, our County Republican Central Committee chairman. It was a very moving service with the sharp Fairview Heights police department Honor Guard and the St. Louis County police bagpipe detail. It was great to hear CMSgt (Retired) Bob Ellison sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” in his still-rich voice. I first heard him sing back in 1984 when he was the lead vocalist for the Military Airlift Command Band of the Midwest. Master Sergeant Jose Favela led a contingent of sharp Air Force security forces from Scott and participated in reading the names of the fallen peace officers in St. Clair County since 1908 as well as those lost in the Global War on Terrorism along with members of the sheriff’s department. Thanks to Sheriff Rick Watson and his deputies and staff for a professional and moving ceremony remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the public.
Phil Henning, Smithton
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