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Master Sergeant Stanley W. Talbot | Illinois State Police, Illinois Illinois State Police, Illinois

Master Sergeant

Stanley W. Talbot

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, June 23, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 26 years

Badge # 1989

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 6/23/2001

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: Paroled in 2005

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Master Sergeant Stanley Talbot died from injuries sustained from being drug by a driver who was fleeing a roadside safety checkpoint.

The incident occurred in Rock Island, Illinois at 15th Street and 2nd Avenue. As the vehicle neared the checkpoint, Master Sergeant Talbot approached it and became entangled with the car as the driver fled the scene. Master Sergeant Talbot was dragged approximately half a mile before falling from the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was apprehended two weeks later and charged with two counts of murder.

On August 28, 2002, the driver was convicted of reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. He was sentenced to 12 years in jail but was paroled in November 2005 after serving only 4 years.

Master Sergeant Talbot was a 26 year veteran of the Illinois State Police and planned to retire in six months; He was assigned to District 7, Rock Island.

Master Sergeant Talbot is survived by his wife and daughter, who are both members of the Illinois State Police, and a son who serves with the Collinsville Police Department.

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There are wounds that even time cannot heal. The wound will scar, but always be there, just below the surface, easily reopened by thought or action. Then the wound opens, allowing air and light and life to return, which brings with it pain and anger.

Another year is coming to it's end. More holidays, birthdays, and regular days pass that you should be here to see. I wish that you could meet your grandson. You would love him so much. I try to tell him about you, but it is not easy. I know that you would love watching him play baseball, seeing his report cards, and teaching him to drive a tractor.

I will never forgive or forget that you were taken in such a cowardly and criminal way. I will never forgive or forget the betrayal that came with your murder, as it was unforeseen and done with greed and malice. I will be forever disappointed in the outcome of trial, which was a cold rebuke to the decades of service you gave the criminal justice system.

I think of you every day, wishing you were here to laugh and talk with, play blackjack with, go fishing with. I know that you would be surprised that I followed your footsteps into law enforcement, but hope you would be proud of my work. I hope that you would be be proud of me in general, as I try to follow your guidance and teaching. I owe you so much.

There are so many things I wish I could tell you. But the most important things I would say are that I love and miss you, Dad.

December 28, 2014


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