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Fire Guts Family Home of Illinois Officer Killed in August

MAKANDA, Ill. (AP) — A fire has destroyed the family home of a southern Illinois police officer who died in August after he was allegedly struck on a Mississippi River bridge by a motorist fleeing police.

Six relatives of Brian Pierce Jr., including his mother, father and sister, escaped unharmed when the Dec. 23 fire gutted the family’s home in Makanda.

Pierce’s mother, Tammy Pierce, told KMOV-TV the fire also destroyed all of her late son’s belongings.

The 24-year-old Brooklyn police officer died Aug. 4 when authorities say a suspect fleeing police struck Pierce as he was placing spike strips on a bridge that links Illinois and Missouri.