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Fallen state trooper honored on memorial wall

SPRINGFIELD (WEEK) — A fallen Illinois State Trooper was remembered and honored today in Springfield.

Trooper Gerald “Jerry” Ellis was traveling home on I-94 when he was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver.

Ellis later died at a local hospital.

An inscription for Trooper Ellis was unveiled at the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Memorial Park by Governor JB Pritzker.

“Today we honor Trooper Ellis for his service and his sacrifice. The people of Illinois stand with you, the family,” Pritzker said. “The family of the Illinois State Police, shoulder to shoulder.”

Witnesses from the night Ellis died said the trooper swerved to block vehicles behind him from being hit by the wrong way driver.

Trooper Ellis is survived by his wife and two children.

Jason Howell

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