Pinckneyville, IL(KSDK)- An emotional ceremony Saturday honored Perry County first responders killed in the line of duty.

Now there is a memorial in front of the Perry County Courthouse for those men including firefighter Corey Shaw who died last year.

It was a year in the making, but nowa memorial stands in honor of police officers William Watts and John Kelly killed decades ago in the line of duty. Corey Shaw was also honored. He died last year while on the job.

The 22 year old was a volunteer firefighter in Du Quoin. He was the son of the chief. Shaw was killed in June 2011 while responding to a fire at an antique mall and opera house in Pinckneyville. He was inside when a wall collapsed, trapping him underneath it. He left behind a wife and three-year-old daughter.

The memorial was built thanks to the hard work of the community who raised more than 7000 dollars.

"This idea came from the community, not from the service. It's just one of those things that makes you glad you chose the route that you chose. It makes you realize the people you are helping and working to protect appreciate what's being done," said Chief Bob Shaw, Corey Shaw's father.

The "Perry County Fallen Heroes Committee" would still like to add a few details to the memorial. All donations can be sent to P.O. Box 172 Pinckneyville, IL 62274.

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