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Starved Rock State Park Conservation Officer Receives Law Enforcement Award from Illinois State Bar Association

Morgan Yingst
For Immediate Release: 
October 19, 2016

Illinois Department of Conservation Officer Hank Frazier, of Utica, received a 2016 Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) on October 18 during a LaSalle County Bar Association meeting at JJ’s Pub in Ottawa.

The ISBA’s Law Enforcement Award was created to recognize sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system. It recognizes those who excel in law enforcement.

Frazier was acknowledged for his involvement in many rescues of persons who have fallen off unmarked trails at Starved Rock State Park. His actions have saved lives and minimized injuries to numerous park visitors. He has been outspoken in his criticism of the cutbacks in conservation police forces for state parks. He has also been involved in non-police activities including serving on volunteer fire departments and a variety of community and fraternal organizations.

Frazier was nominated by attorney James T. Reilly of Streator.

“Hank Frazier has a true love of the outdoors and has been a definite asset to the preservation of what I consider our state’s crown jewel of the outdoors,” Reilly said. “He has always been honest and respectful and is a credit to his badge.”

The Illinois State Bar Association is a voluntary organization of 33,000  members that provides professional services to Illinois lawyers and education and services to the public. For more information, visit

Illinois State Bar Association 2nd Vice President James F. McCluskey (far right) presented an ISBA Law Enforcement Award to Illinois Department of Conservation Officer Hank Frazier (second from left) on Oct. 18 at JJ’s Pub in Ottawa. (Also pictured: James T. Reilly [far left] and LaSalle County Bar Association President Michelle A. Vescogni [second from right]).


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