SEVERE WX : Winter Weather Advisory View Alerts

'Thank you for your service...' Clark County's sheriff talks about the impact fallen Illinois State Trooper had on the community

Many in Illinois are preparing to say their final goodbyes to State Trooper Nick Hopkins. Some in Clark County weigh in on his death and how he'll be remembered in the community.

Posted: Aug 29, 2019 6:17 PM

CLARK COUNTY, Ill.-- Trooper Nick Hopkins will be laid to rest Sunday.

He was killed in the line of duty last Friday while serving a warrant in East St. Louis.

He served as an Illinois State Trooper for the last 10 years.

During his time he worked closely with the Clark County Sheriff's department and the Casey Police Department.

Earlier today News 10 sat down with the Clark County Sheriff.

He told us many plan to honor Hopkins' legacy moving forward.

Sheriff Bill Brown told us he and others lost a brother.

For him and others, these last few days have been filled with pain and anger.

"Thank you for the way you lived thank you for the friendship and thank you for your sacrifice," said Sheriff Brown. 

Those are just some of the last words Sheriff Bill Brown wishes he could've told Trooper Nick Hopkins.

Sheriff Brown told us Hopkins made a home and family in Clark County.

"He was a brother. So positive, happy go lucky laughing all the time he could make you laugh on your worst day Nick could make you laugh," said Sheriff Brown. 

Sheriff Brown told us Hopkins' smile and caring attitude touched many lives in Casey and Marshall Ill.

He described Hopkins as a kind soul.

Hopkins put others first.

He did anything for others.

"I'm going to cry that's just part of it. we have the anger we have the grief we have the hurt. it's tough it's hard"

Hopkins may have worn a different uniform and badge.

He worked in a different agency, but Sheriff Brown said Hopkins will always be one of them.

"There will be people saluting him holding their hands over their hearts holding flags and they'll be honoring our fallen brother," said Sheriff Brown. 

Trooper Hopkins funeral is this Sunday.

It starts at 10 A.M. at Waterloo High School in Waterloo, Ill.

You're welcomed to come and pay your respects.

Terre Haute
Mostly Cloudy
33° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 33°
Robinson
Cloudy
32° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 32°
Indianapolis/Eagle Creek
Cloudy
29° wxIcon
Hi: 35° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 22°
Paris
Partly Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 22°
Mattoon/Charleston
Partly Cloudy
30° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 24°
Terre Haute
Mostly Cloudy
33° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 33°
Terre Haute
Mostly Cloudy
33° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 33°
Snow Possible
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Cases: 1068829

Reported Deaths: 20050
CountyCasesDeaths
Cook4330899005
DuPage687371145
Will57945867
Lake53068884
Kane45704675
Winnebago26161407
Madison24144462
St. Clair22065424
McHenry21498248
Champaign1534996
Peoria14905239
Sangamon14469234
McLean13143159
Tazewell11860242
Rock Island11834302
Kankakee11431179
Kendall961678
LaSalle9392247
Macon8775179
Vermilion7447112
DeKalb741592
Adams7304117
Williamson6146116
Boone552377
Whiteside5243173
Clinton498985
Coles469080
Ogle458271
Knox4577140
Grundy433954
Effingham429868
Jackson415667
Henry399676
Marion3958111
Franklin382068
Macoupin381094
Randolph370468
Livingston362466
Monroe354570
Stephenson349974
Jefferson3409104
Morgan324189
Woodford317266
Logan307556
Montgomery303141
Lee302472
Bureau299684
Christian297473
Fayette289853
Perry266360
Iroquois257756
Fulton254449
Jersey219456
Lawrence216730
McDonough213251
Saline201453
Douglas198633
Union197332
Shelby196135
Crawford175334
Cass174731
Bond173124
Warren158043
Pike153946
Richland152744
Wayne150343
Jo Daviess148124
Hancock146933
Clark146529
Washington144325
Edgar142753
Carroll142333
Ford138049
Moultrie136428
White132530
Clay130939
Greene125242
Johnson121115
Mercer116729
Piatt116716
Wabash116414
Mason116240
De Witt113527
Cumberland107527
Jasper103816
Massac101430
Menard86810
Hamilton71416
Marshall66213
Schuyler61716
Pulaski6093
Brown60711
Stark49420
Edwards4609
Henderson45116
Calhoun4374
Alexander3887
Gallatin3854
Scott3731
Putnam3452
Hardin3018
Pope2432
Unassigned1100
Out of IL330

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Cases: 590211

Reported Deaths: 9310
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion815581297
Lake44306666
Allen31919541
Hamilton28371304
St. Joseph26766371
Elkhart24098341
Vanderburgh18643213
Tippecanoe17422121
Johnson14496284
Porter14399160
Hendricks13870241
Madison10561212
Vigo10483171
Clark10240130
Monroe9076108
Delaware8836132
LaPorte8771155
Howard7897138
Kosciusko787277
Warrick643890
Hancock638797
Bartholomew626694
Floyd6150105
Wayne5933157
Grant5818110
Dubois544372
Boone534367
Morgan516291
Marshall494184
Henry493664
Cass471760
Noble460557
Dearborn458444
Jackson414745
Shelby402179
Lawrence380575
Clinton364539
Gibson356556
DeKalb337363
Montgomery334851
Harrison328542
Knox327839
Miami309843
Steuben306340
Adams295235
Whitley294125
Wabash293045
Ripley292345
Putnam284847
Huntington283557
Jasper282433
White267538
Daviess261672
Jefferson250738
Fayette242348
Decatur242182
Greene233360
Posey232326
Wells229447
LaGrange224161
Clay217932
Scott216937
Randolph208340
Jennings192535
Sullivan189031
Spencer181917
Fountain179725
Washington177118
Starke171341
Jay162821
Owen159537
Fulton159229
Carroll152115
Orange151433
Rush149918
Perry147227
Vermillion144933
Franklin143433
Parke12908
Tipton128232
Pike113625
Blackford107522
Pulaski95237
Newton89421
Brown85530
Benton84310
Crawford7579
Martin70013
Warren6587
Switzerland6205
Union6113
Ohio4677
Unassigned0374