HERRIN – Funeral services will take place Saturday for 24-year-old Brooklyn, IL Police Officer Brian Russell Pierce, Jr., who has ties to our area.
Officer Pierce, who is from Carbondale, died last Wednesday after trying to stop a car from fleeing from police. Pierce was attempting to set up a roadblock to stop the car on the McKinley Bridge in the Venice, IL area when he was fatally struck by a Dodge Charger which was involved in a pursuit originating in Brooklyn.
According to his obituary from the Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin, Officer Pierce currently worked as a Police Officer at Brooklyn Police Department and a Supervisor of Security at Consume in Carbondale. He joined the Makanda Fire Department in 2016, where he was currently a Lieutenant and Fire Investigator. He also owned Priority Response Equipment.
At the age of 10, he attended Illinois State Police Junior Police Academy, graduating at top of his class. At the age of 12, he joined the Raymond/Harvel Fire Department. At the age of 14, he was hired to bust unauthorized sales of tobacco and liquor to minors. At age 16, he joined Elkville Fire Department. He graduated Illinois Correctional Academy and worked at the Menard Correctional Facility. He previously served as a patrolman for Spillertown and assisted in drone search and rescue in all of Southern Illinois. He also previously worked as Head of Security at University Mall.
Services for Officer Pierce will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at John A. Logan College in Carterville. Visitation will be Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the college. A First Responders Walk-Though will be held at 6 p.m. Friday during the visitation. It is required, if you are planning on attending the visitation or service to wear a mask. Interment will be at Blairsville Cemetery in Blairsville, IL.
Information regarding the processional route was made available by the City of Herrin Tuesday. The procession will leave the parking lot of John A. Logan College southbound on South Greenbriar Road for about a half-mile, then left onto eastbound Illinois 13 for 4 miles. It will then go left onto northbound Illinois 148 for 4.6 miles, then left onto westbound Herrin Street for about 5 miles. It will then go right onto northbound Cambria Road and then left into Blairsville Cemetery. The total route will be about 15 miles.