Two Effingham-area residents received awards from the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge (FOP) at the FOP’s annual conference July 27-28 in O’Fallon.

Terry Trueblood, president of FOP Lodge 95 of the Illinois Secretary of State Police, received the FOP President’s Award. Terry’s wife, Ruthann Trueblood, received the Chardy Lieb Memorial Award.

“Terry and Ruth have shown what it means to selflessly serve our brothers and sisters in law enforcement through their longtime involvement with the Illinois FOP State Lodge,” said Illinois President Chris Southwood. FOP State Lodge. “I hold them up as a shining example of what it really means to be an Illinois FOP member.”

The Illinois FOP President’s Award is given to recognize outstanding commitment to the organization and its members. Terry Trueblood received the award for his many years of unwavering and loyal service to FOP Illinois, “always ready to step up, take on the toughest tasks and see them through,” Southwood said.

The Illinois FOP Chardy Lieb Memorial Award is given to the spouse of an FOP member for active and dedicated support of the organization. Ruth Trueblood is a longtime active supporter of Secretary of State Police FOP Lodge 95. She also helped organize the new FOP State Lodge Women’s Auxiliary and serves as Vice President of the Auxiliary.

The Fraternal Order of Police, founded in 1915, is the largest organization of sworn police officers in the United States. With a tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the nation’s most recognized police organization. The Illinois FOP, established in 1963, is the second-largest State Lodge, representing more than 34,000 active duty and retired police officers – more than 10% of all FOP members nationwide. Visit www.ilfop.org for more information.