Skip to main content

Veterans Group Provides Update on Injured Oswego Trooper

Apr 03, 2014 05:02PM, Published by Steven Jack, Categories: Today, Community


Operation Welcome You Home welcomed home State Trooper Doug Balder in June of 2013. Photo courtesy of Operation Welcome You Home.



Veterans group Operation Welcome You Home is well known throughout the Chicago area for providing returning soldiers a heroes welcome with parades of motorcycles and emergency services vehicles. 

Oswego's own U.S. Navy Senior Chief Douglas Balder received his own such welcome last summer. He had been on a tour of duty in Africa.

After returning, Balder went back to work as an Illinois State Trooper, but was critically injured Jan. 27 in an accident on I-88 near the Eola Road exit. 

The crash killed Tollway worker Vincent Petrella, 39, and left Balder with third-degree burns and many broken bones. Renato V. Velasquez, 46, of Hanover Park was charged with several felony counts in the crash. 

Balder and Petrella had stopped to help a truck driver before Velasquez allegedly drove his own semi into Balder's trooper vehicle, pushing it into Balder and Petrella.

Balder has been recovering ever since, and this week Operation Welcome You Home founder Donna Morsovillo had the opportunity to meet with Balder. She gave the following account of his recovery in an OWYH newsletter:

"(Donna) had the privilege of visiting with US Navy/IL State Trooper Doug Balder today.  

Doug was happy to see us and could not thank us enough for being there.  He is progressing, slowly, but progressing.

With all of the support from family and friends especially his pillar of strength, his beautiful wife Kim he can only continue to recover.  

We presented Doug with a beautiful quilt made by Quilt of Valor, a crocheted afghan for his wife Kim made by Kay Leonard, cards from supporters and other thoughtful gifts including  a donation from OWYH to help ease their unexpected expenses.  

Doug and Kim are amazed with the continued support they have from so many! Thank you for your prayers, get well wishes and support!"

Morsovillo said cards and notes of well-wishes are being accepted by the Balder family and can be sent to:  Doug Balder, c/o Operation Welcome You Home, 1750 W. Ogden #2062, Naperville, IL  60567

Don't forget to sign up for the Only Oswego weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook.

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Only Oswego's free newsletter to catch every headline



douglas balder operation welcome you home


  • $45 Spring Cleanups

    03/30/2017
    12:00AM

    We Scoop Dog Poop! Now offering Spring Cleanups starting at just $45! Sign up for our Weekly or B...


  • DISCOVER SCOTLAND

    03/30/2017
    09:00AM

    The Oswego Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to Scotland April 17-26, 2017. Cost is $3,649 per p...


  • Matter of Balance

    03/30/2017
    01:00PM — 03:00PM

    Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Ba...


  • Fabyan Villa Museum & Japanese Garden open

    03/30/2017
    01:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Fabyan Villa Museum and Japanese Garden will return to a public hours schedule starting on Su...


  • $45 Spring Cleanups

    03/31/2017
    12:00AM

    We Scoop Dog Poop! Now offering Spring Cleanups starting at just $45! Sign up for our Weekly or B...


  • Sign Language Class

    03/31/2017
    09:00AM — 10:00AM

    Do you have trouble hearing? Always saying, “What did you say?” Get support and learn a new way...


  • Broadway musical meets sci-fi horror in this dark musical comedy. What happens when Seymour Krelb...


  • $45 Spring Cleanups

    04/03/2017
    12:00AM

    We Scoop Dog Poop! Now offering Spring Cleanups starting at just $45! Sign up for our Weekly or B...


  • Matter of Balance

    04/03/2017
    01:00PM — 03:00PM

    Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Ba...


  • Pivot Points

    04/03/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    A pivot can refer to many things - traditionally, the point of rotation in a lever system, the c...


  • $45 Spring Cleanups

    04/04/2017
    12:00AM

    We Scoop Dog Poop! Now offering Spring Cleanups starting at just $45! Sign up for our Weekly or B...


  • CULINARY EXPO

    04/04/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Join us at the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington Street, to explore the foods of the world ...


  • The Martin Luther High School Concert Choir and Troubadours from Greendale, Wisconsin will presen...


  • FILM: "A SMALL ACT"

    04/04/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She certainly...


  • $45 Spring Cleanups

    04/05/2017
    12:00AM

    We Scoop Dog Poop! Now offering Spring Cleanups starting at just $45! Sign up for our Weekly or B...


  • Wednesday Walking Club

    04/05/2017
    08:00AM — 09:00AM

    Wednesdays, April 5–October 25, 8–9 AM Free drop-in program for all ages Get fit the old-fashio...


  • Wednesday Walking Club

    04/05/2017
    08:00AM — 09:00AM

    Wednesdays, April 5–October 25, 8–9 AM Free drop-in program for all ages Get fit the old-fashio...


  • HISTORY AND HERITAGE (NEW!)

    04/05/2017
    10:15AM — 11:30AM

    Join Mike Adolph, a retired History teacher, for this 8-week history series. This series will exa...


  • Fabyan Villa Museum & Japanese Garden open

    04/05/2017
    01:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Fabyan Villa Museum and Japanese Garden will return to a public hours schedule starting on Su...


  • Jumpstart

    04/05/2017
    03:00PM — 05:00PM

    Know what you want and where you're going? Just need a little help in getting there? JUMPSTART ...


  • Are you interested in finding out more about the Batavia Mothers' Club? Please join us for our Ap...