Office Down Memorial Page:Trooper Gerald Ellis, Illinois State Police

Watching the Blue Jays struggle against the Cleveland Indians tonight I noticed that the U.S. and Canadian flags were flying at half-staff.  I found this interesting story – Gerald Ellis, an Illinois State trooper died in the line of duty – acting instinctively and without regard for his own safety.  He’s a hero in my books.

Trooper Gerald Ellis was killed in a vehicle collision involving a wrong-way driver on I-94, in Green Oaks, at 3:25 am.

He was traveling westbound on I-94 when he observed another vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. He maneuvered his patrol car two lanes over and intentionally collided with the vehicle, preventing it from striking another car containing a family that was traveling in the same lane as the oncoming vehicle.

Trooper Ellis was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Trooper Ellis was a U.S. military veteran. He had served with the Illinois State Police for 11 years and was assigned to District 15 in Downers Grove. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, and brother.

Source: Trooper Gerald Ellis, Illinois State Police, Illinois

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