Part of Illinois Route 150 to be named after fallen Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy

Fallen Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Nicholas Weist
Fallen Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Nicholas Weist(WEEK)
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 12:23 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - On Wednesday the Illinois House of Representatives put forward a resolution to name a portion of Illinois Route 150 after the late Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Weist.

Weist died April 29th after he was hit by a car in Henry County that was driven by 22-year-old Daylon Richardson.

At the time of his death Weist was the Knox County Trustee for the Fraternal Order of Police Spoon River Valley Lodge 427.

The resolution will honor Weist from Main Street in Galesburg to the intersection of Route 17 in Alpha and will be known as “Deputy Sheriff Nick Weist Memorial Highway.”

“We name things after heroes in this nation, and there’s no greater hero than Nick Weist, who died protecting his fellow citizens,” Rep. Dan Swanson said. “I am humbled and honored that my fellow representatives from both sides of the aisle joined me in recognizing Nick’s selfless sacrifice.”

“The Nick Weist Memorial Highway will be a constant reminder that there are still great people among us who lay down their lives for others,” Sen. Neil Anderson said. “Nick’s courage will forever inspire all who travel through Knox County, the area Nick knew, loved and protected.”

The Fraternal Order of Police was founded in 1915 and is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in America.