IDOC hosts Illinois Patriot Guard Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall
Featured (middle) is IDOC Director S.A. Godinez along with members of the IDOC Special Operations Teams, Concordia Springfield Employee Benefit Fund and the Illinois Patriot Guard Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall.
SPRINGFIELD – April 10, 2013 - The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) hosted the Illinois Patriot Guard Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall on April 9, 2013, at the agency’s general headquarters in Springfield. The exhibit pays respect to Illinois’ military men and women who have died while, or as the result of, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Included on the wall is IDOC Correctional Officer Gary Rovinski, who served at Hill Correctional Center. Correctional Officer Rovinski gave his life for our country on June 5, 2006, while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
IDOC Special Operations Teams and the Concordia Springfield Employee Benefit Fund coordinated the event. In conjunction with the event, the Concordia Employee Benefit Fund hosted a lunch for those who came to pay their respect.
"The agency pays tribute to our U.S. military, its veterans and those who have given their lives in the name of freedom," said IDOC Director S. A. Godinez. "IDOC will always honor the memory of those who in serving our country have given the ultimate sacrifice. The genuine respect of our staff toward this cause illustrates our commitment to the remembrance of fallen heroes, both abroad and on the homefront."
Facility tact team commanders and members pay their respect to Correctional Officer Gary Rovinski who died in the line of duty while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rovinski’s honor is represented on the Illinois Patriot Guard Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall.
“On behalf of the Training Academy and Special Operations, I want to thank everyone for their support of the Illinois Patriot Guard Traveling Memorial Wall. The outpouring of support was appreciated by those providing this service,” said Alan Pasley, manager of Staff Development and Training. “It was inspiring to watch, as each facility was represented as we honored Correctional Officer Gary Rovinski.”