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From the Illinois State Senate
State Senator John Sullivan, 47th Legislative District
For Immediate Release: October 25, 2012
RUSHVILLE, IL – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) attended a ceremony today at which signs marking the Trooper Floyd J. Farrar Memorial Highway were unveiled. Joined by Trooper Farrar’s family and members of the Illinois State Police, Sullivan paid tribute to the fallen trooper as Illinois Route 103 in Schuyler County was dedicated to Farrar’s memory.
“It is extremely fitting that we honor Trooper Farrar along this stretch of highway where he served and where he gave his life in the line of duty,” Sullivan said. “Trooper Farrar was a war hero and an outstanding law enforcement officer, and these signs will remind current and future generations of his contributions to public safety and his final sacrifice.”
Trooper Farrar was killed by an oncoming vehicle while assisting a motorist along Route 103 on December 17, 1968. He was 51 at the time of his death and had served 23 years with the Illinois State Police. Prior to beginning his career in law enforcement, Trooper Farrar was a member of the Illinois National Guard and attained the rank of Sergeant with the 354th Infantry in central Europe during World War II.
Floyd Farrar was raised in Pleasant View and attended high school in Rushville, then worked at the Big Four Coal Mine before enlisting with the National Guard. Returning home after the war, he raised two children, James and Susan, with his wife, Christine (Hunter) Farrar.
In February, Sullivan sponsored Senate Resolution 398, which named the stretch of highway after Trooper Farrar.
“As we remember Trooper Farrar, we also remember that our State Troopers put their lives on the line every day for the traveling public,” Sullivan said. “I’m grateful to these brave men and women for their work in keeping our highways safe.”