State police return from inauguration

Among the thousands of law enforcement officers in the nation's capital on Monday were two local members of the Illinois state police.  They were assisting with the security for President Barack Obama's Inauguration.

Forty state troopers from Illinois were sent to Washington to help with Inauguration security.  The group included Kevin Smith of Mount Zion and Kim Cessna of Danville, both of the state police district 10 in Pesotum.

Smith, who is originally from Villa Grove, said the troopers' responsibility was to help provide security for the inaugural parade.



Meanwhile, Cessna said she was impressed by how well so many law enforcement groups were able to work together.



Both Smith and Cessna said it was an honor to represent the state and the state police.  They said there was very little time to go sight-seeing in Washington, but that the 40 Illinois troopers were able to take a group photo at the Lincoln Memorial.

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