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12/14/2012 1:24:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Fallen Lawrenceville soldier honored in ceremony
LAWRENCEVILLE - County and area residents, along with state and federal dignitaries, packed Lawrenceville City Hall Thursday night to honor a local soldier who was killed earlier this year in Afghanistan.

U.S. Rep. Brad Halbrook (109th District) spearheaded the 30-minute ceremony to honor the late U.S. Army Spc. Trevor Pinnick which dominated an abbreviated Lawrenceville City Council meeting.

The 20-year-old Pinnick, a 2010 Lawrenceville High School graduate, was killed in action on June 11, as a result of an explosion. Pinnick was married with a young daughter.

His funeral was held in the Lawrenceville High School gym with burial in Vincennes.

Halbrook, along with representatives from the following federal offices - U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, U.S. Sen. Dick Durban and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk - made presentations.

Highlights of the event including the playing of a DVD filmed on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives on Dec. 4, the day a resolution was passed honoring Pinnick; and the presentation of the flag that flew over the capital in Washington D.C. on June 14 to Nancy Pinnick, Trevor Pinnick's mother.

"I can't imagine what he went through, or any of our soldiers, men and women, in these foreign lands. I feel for his family," Halbrook said. "This is just a huge thing that we needed to do on the House floor and here tonight to honor his family and his home town."

Halbrook also said there is a move to name a section of U.S. Route 50 after Pinnick.

"We haven't passed a resolution yet. It's being looked in to. We're aiming to attempt to try to do that. Usually these things are not a real big issue to do, but it's not over with yet," Halbrook noted.

In an emotional display, Randi Parr, of U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson's office presented Nancy Pinnick with the flag that flew over the capital in her son's honor.

Representatives from Shimkus' and Kirk's office read letters of condolence while a Durbin representative passed along expressions of sympathy.

Nancy Pinnick also received letters from State. Sen. Dale Righter and Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.

"It was a nice ceremony, folks coming from all levels of government, federal and local. It's a nice thing, to honor somebody who has given their ultimate for our country," said Lawrenceville Mayor Brian Straub.

(See Daily Record print edition for complete story)


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