Family donates childhood home to city's resident officer program

By Beau Ebenezer

August 13, 2013 Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 9:56 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- The city of Peoria officially launched its Resident Officer Program Tuesday afternoon with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Last week we introduced you to Officer Ryan Winkle who is part of the police department's effort to better patrol high crime areas.

He now lives in the house at 520 West Armstrong.

It was donated to the city by the children of Ted and Rosemary Bannon. The couple served as neighborhood advocates for many years.

"To make that difference by having another family live there and really take steps to improve the neighborhood by the work that Ryan is intending to do. We are just so thrilled and excited about that opportunity,” said the Bannon’s daughter Ginny Pisano.

"I kind of worked around this area before, so I knew what some of the problems were,” said Officer Winkle. “When you are actually out walking around and you get to meet the neighbors, you find out where all the major problem areas are that you didn't see before."

Following the ceremony, city officials rededicated the Armstrong-Ellis Park to the Bannon family to show their appreciation.

Another officer is expected to move into the East Bluff in the coming weeks.

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