(Macomb, Ill.) It may not have been a 21-gun salute, but one Honorary Illinois State Trooper received a warm reception Wednesday, April 8th.
Illinois State Police District 14 in Macomb dedicated a plaque to a man who will live forever in the hearts of Western Illinois law enforcement.
KHQA's Jarod Wells shows you why.
Larry "Brownie" Myers was named an Honorary Illinois State Trooper in 1997 by then Governor Jim Edgar.
"Because of his concern and his feelings for the state police as a whole and especially for District 14," said retired ISP Captain Noel Oliver. "He felt like a part of the group. He was a supporter of ours and a friend of ours personally and professionally throughout the years."
Myers was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. He lost that battle last August.
"Well, I've described him as a left-handed, one-eyed barber, a real grouch," said Oliver, "but when you needed somebody Brownie was there."
"I would say dedicated, loyal, sense of humor, didn't know anybody that wasn't a friend," said ISP District 14 Commander Captain Robert Elliott.
Family, friends and co-workers gathered in the District 14 State Police Building to dedicate this plaque honoring Brownie.
"I hope he's remembered for quite a long time," said Myers' daughter Lisa Miller. "He's been, ever since I was little he's always been a part of the police department and I would hope that continue for years and years to come."
Everybody I talked with said Myers would have *humbly* accepted this dedication, but would have considered it too much.
"There's a reason why he was designated with that high honor and I think anybody that knows him or had known him in the past know exactly why and it doesn't surprise them that he would get that honor," said Elliott. "And were just trying to continue that honor today with this plaque so that future generations will remember everything that he stood for."
There are also talks of building a gazebo on the site of the District 14 building as another way to honor Larry "Brownie" Myers.