Officials from the Illinois State Police (ISP) were joined by friends, family colleagues, and members of the law enforcement community to honor fallen ISP Trooper Erin Sweeney Hehl, #3863 and civilian pilot George Kurelic, Jr., during a special dedication ceremony at the Burr Ridge Police Department.
Law enforcement officials from the Illinois State Police announced that the Trooper Erin Hehl Memorial Overpass signs were posted by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) earlier this year on both sides of the IL Route 83 overpass at Interstate 55. Since 2012, IDOT has posted three memorial signs in honor of ISP fallen troopers killed in the line of duty (Troopers Anthony Millison, Kyle Deatherage and Erin Hehl).
Also recognized during the ceremony was Mr. George Kurelic, Jr., the civilian pilot, U.S. Marine, and Army National Guard soldier, who was also killed during the fatal helicopter crash at Frankfort Airport on October 30, 1997. A memorial at the ISP northern Air Operations Bureau is also being designated to reflect Kurelic’s honor.