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Stateline Area Crime Stoppers honor late State Trooper Brooke Jones-Story

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Published: Sep. 21, 2019 at 11:27 PM CDT
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While the third annual "Tee Off on Crime" golf outing at the Freeport Club was cut short by the rain, golfers were able to still get half of the holes played.

Each year, the Stateline Area Crime Stoppers hold this outing to honor the region's officers and support crime prevention efforts in Stephenson County. Our own Ethan Rosuck and Mike Garrigan were among some of the golfers today, but all enjoyed breakfast, lunch and a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Crime Stoppers.

Attendees also got to see history in the making, as the annual Crime Stoppers Scholarship was renamed for the first time in its history, honoring fallen Illinois State Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, who was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while conducting a traffic stop on U.S. Route 20 near State Route 75 in Freeport.

Alexa Eisenhower is the first recipient of this newly renamed scholarship. She says it's an absolute honor receiving the scholarship, especially because it was renamed after a fallen trooper who made a huge impact in the community.

Eisenhower says, "When I found out they were renaming it, it kind of brought tears to my eyes because it's really a big honor. She was a great lady, I didn't know her personally but I knew her through my aunt and I just knew her in the community. So I just think she's a brave woman and she deserves to be honored like this and I'm glad to be the first recipient to get it in her name."

She plans to use the scholarship to continue her education at Highland Community College, where she's studying criminal justice. She hopes to work in juvenile probation in the future.

Stateline Area Crime Stoppers says the "Tee Off on Crime" golf outing will return in 2020.