Fulton County to ‘Light the Night Blue’ Saturday in honor of Deputy Troy Chisum
CANTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Killed in the line of duty, a Fulton County community is still mourning the death of Deputy Troy Chisum. Now, on Saturday June 25th, three years later his family is ‘Lighting the Night Blue’ in his honor.
“It’s not even started to slow down as far as the pain and suffering we go through everyday without him,” said widow of Troy Chisum, Amanda Chisum.
Amanda Chisum is raising her three daughters now, without her hero and husband. Deputy Troy Chisum was killed in 2019 after responding to a domestic call in Avon.
“No one will ever truly know what was lost that day, what we lost that day, what he lost that day,” said Amanda Chisum.
Amanda Chisum and her community are getting ready to ‘Light the Night Blue’. It’s an all day event at Lakeland Park in Canton.
“He would be honored I know he would,” said Amanda Chisum.
Hundreds of people are expected to stop by for food trucks, raffles, bag tournaments and family fun.
“As they’re here, they will at least tell one memory about him or discuss how he touched their lives in some way whether he gave them a ticket or saved their life,” said Amanda Chisum.
Three Years later, Deputy Troy Chisum’s memory still lives on throughout the entire community with a dedicated highway and now billboard.
“Wow they just leave you speechless, the things that have been done the people that have come from Orlando, just to support us, it’s amazing,” said Amanda Chisum.
In from Orlando, 13-year-old Zechariah Cartledge. He runs a mile each time a police officer or firefighter dies.
“Since January of 2019 when I started it I’ve done just over 1,250 miles,” said Cartledge, founder of Running4Heroes.
Saturday, he will run a mile at 3:11 pm the time of Troy Chisum’s death.
“This run tomorrow and this event in general is also going to just get back in my mind how much of an amazing hero Deputy Chisum was,” said Cartledge.
While Amanda Chisum does not know what she will plan next year, it will all be for the man who made an impact when starting with Fulton County in 2015.
“I do know that I will continue to make sure we honor him always. Whether it be a race or a walk or something,” said Amanda Chisum.
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