I may no longer wear my Army uniform and Firefighter gear, but I still want to work for the people of Illinois.
Cheryl was born on Long Island NY and raised in Colorado. Growing up on a country farm in Colorado, Cheryl learned the meaning of hard work by getting up at the crack of dawn to tend to the farm animals with her younger siblings before school each day.
Cheryl was active in sports, playing high school Jr. Varsity Basketball, Varsity Softball and Volleyball. As dreamer, her childhood vision as a an adult was to help as many as she could after graduating from Fountain Ft. Carson High School.
In 1981, Cheryl joined the US. Army, where she received training as a Combat Photographer and Video TV Production Coordinator. Her commendations include the Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.
In January of 1983, she married the love of her life, Scott Erickson, at Ft. Lewis, WA, (Tacoma WA) and gave birth to her son Scott Jr. in 1986.
After military service, she attended college and earned a Degree in Fire Science/Paramedic and had a distinguished career as a Firefighter Intermediate Paramedic. Cheryl was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1997.
She played an instrumental role in her son's time in the Boy Scouts as she was an Assistant Scoutmaster and merit badge Counselor for First Aid, Firemanship and CPR. During her time as an Assistant Scoutmaster she obtained the distinguished Order of the Arrow.
In 2009 she became an advocate for pitbulls and animal rescue.
Cheryl Erickson has spent most of working life serving her country in the U.S. Army and her community as a veteran Firefighter Intermediate Paramedic, and now she’s ready to go to work as your Governor.
She lives in Caseyville (St. Louis area of Illinois) with her husband, Scott, their children Scott Jr. and Caitlin, and their 4 rescues, Loki, Morgan, Athena and Sandie.