Illinois State Police, elected officials, family members, friends, and colleagues will pay tribute to the bravery and courage of fallen Illinois State Police Trooper Gerald W. Ellis on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at a dedication ceremony at the Townline Community Park, 1555 Kennedy Road, Lake Forest, Illinois. A procession to the dedication site will conclude the ceremony. The public may pay tribute near the dedication site on the Bradley Road Overpass, according to Illinois State Police.
Illinois State Police Trooper Gerald W. Ellis (End of watch: March 30th, 2019) was killed when he intentionally hit head-on the vehicle driven by a wrong-way driver on I-94 near Green Oaks, Illinois. Witnesses reported
Trooper Gerald Ellis, 36, was in his police SUV traveling home on westbound I-94 (northbound for this stretch of interstate) just south of the IL-176 exit when the two vehicles crashed head-on. The offending driver was driving the wrong way, eastbound (southbound) in the westbound (northbound) lanes of I-94.
The mother of a daughter, who witnessed the fatal crash involving Illinois State Trooper Gerald Ellis early Saturday morning March 30, 2019, wrote in a comment on the official Illinois State Police Facebook page Saturday afternoon that her daughter was in a car that was behind the state trooper’s vehicle traveling in the same direction — but two lanes to the right — when she saw the Illinois State Police trooper’s vehicle move over two lanes as the wrong-way driver approached. The state trooper intentionally collided with the oncoming vehicle to protect the only vehicle that was following him in the lanes of westbound I-94, which are actually the northbound lanes in this stretch of the interstate.
A half mile stretch of highway on I-94 from mile marker 16.5 to 17.0 in Green Oaks, Illinois will be renamed the Trooper Gerald W. Ellis Memorial Highway.
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