State trooper, Bellflower native remembered for helping others
Ryan Albin was remembered on July 6 as an Illinois State Police (ISP) trooper who strived to help others, according to an ISP press release.
“Ryan took such pride in serving and protecting," ISP Director Leo Schmitz said in his eulogy, according to the release. "Over and over, he worked to make a difference to positively impact the citizens of Illinois. It will take time to heal. It will take time to rebuild. But Ryan would want us to carry on.”
Albin was killed on June 28 when his car collided with a box truck as both vehicles entered a construction zone on Interstate 74 near Farmer City.
Albin received full honors at Bellflower Cemetery during his service. A native of Bellflower, Albin graduated from Blue Ridge High School and Eureka College, where he earned his bachelor's degree before joining the ISP in 2006. At the time of his death, Albin was working in a K-9 unit in Pontiac, the headquarters of ISP District 6.
Albin is survived by a daughter, 6; a son, 2; his parents and two sisters.