ULLIN, Ill. -- The Illinois State Police captain who presided over Alexander, Union and Massac counties for nearly seven years retired Monday.
Illinois State Police District 22 Commander Capt. Harry Masse retired from the state police after being on the job nearly 27 years.
Masse began his police career in the U.S. Army, where he was a military police officer from 1977 to 1980. After the three-year stint, he started his civilian law enforcement career in Gratiot, Wis., where he worked for eight months, according to a news release. From there, Masse moved to Cook County, where he was hired by the Illinois State Police. Masse served in that district for 20 years before moving to District 22, according to the release.
Masse has earned the Medal of Honor twice, the Department Commendation Medal, the Lifesaver Medal and the Special Detail medal.
Lt. Steve Shields will serve as interim captain.
Masse will continue his 34 years of enforcing the law as the chief deputy of Pulaski County.