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(Galesburg, IL)  –  three local officials were recongized last month for their work after the fatal fire that took place at the Econo-Lodge in Galesburg in 2009.  The Illinois chapter of the Illinois Association of Arson Investigators presented an award to State Representative Don Moffitt, Galesburg Fire Investigator Mike Whitson as well as Knox County State's Attorney John Pepmeyer at their annual meeting that took place on September 13th.  The three were recognized for their work to strengthen state smoke detector laws.  The investigation into the fire revealed that there were many rooms in the hotel without functioning smoke detectors and a loophole in the Smoke Detector Act excluded hotels.  A Bill that requires functioning smoke de5tectors in hotels and regular detector inspections went into effect in August of 2011.

 

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