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Vermilion County State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy (middle) is recognized at a recent event by Gift of Hope, represented by Gina Martin (left) and Maureen Kwiencinski (right).

At the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Summer Conference in Oakbrook, Vermilion

County State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy was honored by Gift of Hope, an organ and tissue donor network.

A recent homicide case in Vermilion County left the victim’s family dealing with a tragic loss. The family made the decision to donate the victim’s organs, but in a homicide case the family cannot make the final decision.

Lacy was able to facilitate communication between all the parties. The communication created an environment where the wishes of the victim’s family were fulfilled while ensuring that the homicide investigation and the collection of forensic evidence were not compromised.

“Ms. Lacy was fast, smart and decisive,” Maureen Kwiencinski, general counsel for Gift of Hope, said.