There is a petition to change the name of the Morgan Street Bridge, this needs to happen by Jan 15th.


Never before could something as simple as your signature, change the "feel" of an entire city.

As we begin a new year, here is an opportunity for you to do something so easy that will go a long, long way. There is a petition to change the name of the Morgan Street Bridge to "Police Memorial Bridge". This is an amazing idea that will shine a bright light literally and figuratively on Rockford.

I attended the candlelight vigil for Officer Cox and as I drove closer to the Morgan Street Bridge and could see the blue glow, it was quite emotional. The bridge looked amazing and stood as a symbol.

Here is a part of the actual petition that explains things:

“Police Officers put the badge on every morning not knowing for sure if they’ll come home at night to take it off.” Tom Cotton, US Senator
1) The Rockford community is continuing to experience an unprecedented increase in criminal activity including life
threatening violence.
2) The risk of becoming a crime victim cuts across all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups. No neighborhood is safe.
3) The Citizenry and others in our community depend on the men and women of the law enforcement community to
push back against and to suppress the criminal element that endangers each of us and our community as a whole.
4) Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox, after less than one year on the job, lost his life in the line of duty. Other
officers killed include Detective Kevin Darrel Rice, Sr. (2001) Patrol Officer Randall A. Blank (1980), Patrol Officer Charles Jeffery Williams (1972), Patrol Officer Arthur Bassett (1927), Patrol Officer Frank Cichella (1927) and Patrol Officer Lorenzo Gillogly (1917).
5) The tragic passing of each of these Police Officers remains a tremendous loss for their loved ones and for our
6) As a community we must acknowledge and express our gratitude to the men and women of law enforcement. We
hereby petition the Rockford City Council to commemorate those who have died in the service of our community
and our individual safety.





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