Name This Peoria Landmark #388
Swan Lake Memory Gardens. 4601 War Memorial Dr.
There are two semi-famous people buried here. One, William “Billy” Mauch, who starred as the pauper in the 1937 edition of The Prince & The Pauper. (sorry about the Spanish overdubs but it was the best I could find)
The other being Officer Donan Faulkner, Jr. who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Sept 20, 2001.
Peoria Journal Star, Sept 21, 2001:
Gunshots allegedly fired by a fleeing teen-ager early Thursday claimed the life of a decorated Peoria police officer and father of five, who became the first lawman killed here since 1987 and the first city officer slain in 54 years.
Officer Donan James ”Jim” Faulkner Jr., 37, was pronounced dead at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center at 12:24 a.m., less than 20 minutes after he was shot multiple times during a foot chase at Saratoga Street and Romeo B. Garrett Avenue on the city’s South Side.
The arrest that evening of Jarvis H. Neely, 18, who was booked on a murder charge – and who Police Chief John Stenson said may face the death penalty – hardly cheered fellow officers and City Hall officials, whose grief for victims from last week’s East Coast terror attacks turned inward after Faulkner’s death. ”I thought a week ago I felt all kinds of emotions after the terrible tragedies. . . . I didn’t think I would feel any worse. But I do,” Mayor David Ransburg said at a midday press conference packed with police officers and staff, some of whom openly wept. ”I am sad. I am frustrated. I am angry.
”I hope others feel the same way and we can take that anger . . . to redouble our efforts to make the streets of Peoria safe.”
That’s something police promised to aggressively continue. Police have seen a sharp upswing in shootings in recent weeks in a city that has been wracked for years with violence stemming from a multi-million dollar drug trade.
”Firemen who survived (last) Tuesday in New York went back to work when the buildings came down. Policemen went back to work. . . . We’ll go to work tomorrow,” said Stenson, choking back tears. ”We take this job knowing you travel harm’s highway.
”Sometimes, luck gets you home at the end of a shift. Sometimes, circumstances prevail.”
Jarvis Neely was sentenced to life in prison.