Rest In Peace Illinois State Trooper Gerald Ellis Who Lost His Life To Save Many Others - Updated With Places To Donate


CBS Chicago - Illinois State Police Trooper Gerald Ellis, 36, was fatally struck Saturday by a wrong-way driver on I-94 in Green Oaks, according to Illinois State Police.

Police said Ellis was on-duty in his squad car traveling home on I-94 westbound near milepost 16.75 in Green Oaks, when a wrong-way driver, who was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes, struck Ellis head on.

Acting director Brendan Kelly said the wrong-way driver was also killed.

Ellis, a husband and father of two, was an 11-year veteran of the ISP District 15 in Downers Grove.

Extremely tragic news today.

Officer Ellis is a hero to the millionth degree. You know he probably didn’t even think twice about jumping in front of this driver either because that’s just who he is. The Illinois State Police and the Chicago Police Department put themselves, and their families lives at stake for the betterment of you and I every single day. It’s very tough whenever tragedies that can seemingly be avoidable like this happen. Prayers to the family.

It’d also be remiss of me to not mention Trooper Brooke Jones-Story who lost her life in the line of duty a couple days earlier and Trooper Christopher who lost his earlier in the year.


As well as Chicago Police’s Officer John Rivera. Rest in Peace.


Way too many of these and we’re only 3 months into the year.

I couldn’t find a direct link to donate so I’m holding off until that’s provided. Once it is I will be sure to get it up and pass it along on social media.

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(Please notate in the comments that it is for Trooper Ellis and all donations go to his family