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Community on hand to honor trooper

FARMER CITY, Ill. (WCIA) -- Those who watched an ISP trooper grow up, wanted to be part of his procession. They were there for the beginning of his life and now, at the end as well.

Many say Ryan Albin is one-of-a-kind. Everyone in the close-knit community knew him.

"He'll definitely be a great loss."

Brenda Hendricks taught Albin at Blue Ridge High School.

"Very dependable, honest, highly-respected by his teammates or his classmates."

Albin was a dedicated student. That dedication led him to become an Illinois State Police trooper. He joined in January 2006.

"He worked very hard to make it through the academy to be a state policeman and he's just a fine representative of our community."

Mary West was the secretary when Albin was in school. She said she wanted to be here for him and his family.

"Just a very nice boy. Came from a very good family. Had a twin sister and they were very good people."

Funeral arrangements are not yet known.

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