State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The Illinois House of Representatives would like
 3    to congratulate Daniel Joyce, of Chicago, for his  brave  and
 4    quick action of May 18th, when he quickly alerted White House
 5    security  officers and the United States Secret Service about
 6    the presence of an individual who, unbeknownst to White House
 7    guards, illegally jumped  over  the  White  House  fence  and
 8    charged  up  the  White House lawn, where he was subsequently
 9    arrested; and

10        WHEREAS, Mr. Joyce heeded the call of President George W.
11    Bush, who in the wake  of  the  tragic  terrorist  events  of
12    September   11th, called on citizens of the United States for
13    extreme vigilance against the illegal  acts  and  threats  to
14    national security; and

15        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Joyce was in our nation's capital with his
16    family on the weekend of May 19th to celebrate the graduation
17    of his daughter, Peggy Elizabeth,  who  graduated  Magna  Cum
18    Laude, from Georgetown University Law School; and

19        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Joyce  visited  the  White  House  at 1600
20    Pennsylvania Boulevard with his family on Saturday, May 18th,
21    and was in the front of the White  House  with  his  daughter
22    Peggy in the afternoon; and

23        WHEREAS, While enjoying the view of the President's home,
24    Mr.  Joyce took notice of a suspicious man who was leaning on
25    the fence to the front lawn of the  White  House;  Mr.  Joyce
26    keenly  kept an eye on this individual, who was 25 yards away
27    from a White House Security Guard house leading to the  White
28    House;  to  the  shock  of Mr. Joyce, his daughter Peggy, and
29    many bystanders, the suspicious individual lifted himself  up
30    over the White House fence and onto the White House lawn; and

31        WHEREAS,  Upon seeing this individual jump over the White
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 1    House fence, Mr. Joyce leaped into action; as the  individual
 2    began  walking  up  the  White  House lawn, Mr. Joyce quickly
 3    evaluated the situation and ran to the White  House  Security
 4    Guard  house, yelling as he ran, and immediately notified the
 5    White House Guards and  Secret  Service  Officers  about  the
 6    intruder; and

 7        WHEREAS,  The  White  House  Security  Guards  and Secret
 8    Service Agents, upon being notified by Mr. Joyce, immediately
 9    charged toward the man and quickly detained and arrested  the
10    intruder;  the arresting officers and guards then thanked Mr.
11    Joyce for his quick and valuable assistance; therefore, be it

14    we  congratulate  Daniel Joyce for his brave and alert action
15    in notifying White House Security Guards and  Secret  Service
16    Agents  about  an  intruder  to the White House lawn, and are
17    grateful for his action on behalf of  his  country  that  may
18    have  prevented  an  illegal  act  at  the White House of the
19    United States; and be it further

20        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
21    presented to Daniel Joyce as an expression of our esteem.

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