Fallen Trooper Gerald Ellis Swerved In Front Of Wrong-Way Driver, Saving Others

Illinois State Police Trooper Gerald Ellis was killed in the line of duty by a wrong way driver on Saturday.

Green Oaks, IL – The Illinois state trooper killed by a wrong-way driver on Saturday sacrificed himself to save the lives of other motorists on the road, according to survivors.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:25 a.m., as 36-year-old Illinois State Police Trooper Gerald Ellis was traveling home from work on Interstate 94, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The married father-of-two was just getting ready to wrap up his night shift, when he encountered a wrong-way driver near mile marker 16.77 in Green Oaks, according to WBBM.

Trooper Ellis and the oncoming driver collided head-on, killing them both, the Lake and McHenry County Scanner reported.

But according to one thankful father, there was even more selflessness and heroism in Trooper Ellis’ line-of-duty death than many people realize.

“This man sacrificed his life for my daughter’s last night,” Daniel Lambeau wrote in a Facebook post.

“Brooke was on her way home from DC when this wrong way driver came at them,” Lambeau wrote. “They were directly behind the trooper and saw the whole crash. The trooper swerved into the wrong way driver's car to keep him from killing the people behind him, including Brooke.”

Although he is thankful for his daughter’s safety, he is also facing the “terrible sadness” of Trooper Ellis’ sacrifice, he said.

“Thank you Trooper Ellis for allowing my little girl and her friends to come home,” Lambeau wrote. “A brother in blue I never met, you will always be in our thoughts. You are a true hero!!”

Another social media user said that her daughter was traveling on Interstate 94 with a family she babysits for when the devastating collision occurred.

“Trooper Gerald Ellis you are my HERO,” Carrie Kay said, according to the Lake and McHenry County Scanner. “This officer paid the ultimate sacrifice early this morning and saved my daughter’s life.”

“From what we were told Trooper Ellis was directly ahead of them two lanes over and moved his squad car into their lane to block a wrong way driver on interstate I-94 in Illinois from hitting the car she was in,” Kay explained.

“Thank you God and Officer Ellis for letting her and the others in that car come back home to us,” she wrote. “We are so ever grateful to you.”

Trooper Ellis' death comes less than two days after Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was killed by a semi-truck.

Thursday, at about 12:20 p.m., Trooper Jones-Story was inspecting a commercial vehicle on U.S. Route 20, just west of Illinois route 75.

“Trooper Jones-Story was outside her squad car when she was struck and fatally wounded when a truck tractor semi-trailer combination struck her squad car and the semi Trooper Jones-Story was inspecting,” Illinois State Police (ISP) said.

ISP Acting Director Brendan Kelly confirmed Trooper Ellis’ death on Saturday, according to the Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

“While the men and women of the Illinois State Police are still grieving our recent loss, it is with profound heartache and unfathomable sadness that we inform you of the death of another fallen trooper, Trooper Gerald Ellis,” Director Kelly said.

“By doing what he did today, he saved lives,” he explained, according to WBBM.

“Trooper Ellis laid down his life while protecting the citizens of this state. We are asking the public to respectfully give consideration to the family of Trooper Ellis and the ISP while we continue to process and work through this tragedy,” the director said, according to the Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

Comments (53)
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goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

The media want say much or anything about a hero like this brother they would rather trash us than tell Americans the real truth of all the great things our men and women in blue do every day!!

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Alot of people are probably shocked at what this wonderful man, Trooper Ellis did, but it doesn't surprise me. I am deeply saddened at the loss of this great man but it is what our men and women in Law Enforcement do everyday putting they're lives in danger. Again my deepest condolences go out to his beautiful family and fellow LEO's 🖤💙🖤💙🙏🇺🇸

Kstone_1022
Kstone_1022

Truely a rea Hero. God Bless your family and ISP

WKaye
WKaye

It's what heroes do. Respect and RIP.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

He saw the thin blue line, and he crossed it, sacrificing all to protect and serve others.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

R.I.P. Officer Ellis. Thank you for your sacrifice. You are truly a HERO. Condolences to his family and co-workers.

Yayabeachbrat
Yayabeachbrat

Troop Ellis received his " Blue Wings " may you soar with happiness with all of the other Angels. While his family & friends must be very proud of his brave and selfless act they also must be in shock and a great deal of pain. I ask God to wrap his loving arms around them and bring them comfort & peace. I pray those sweet precious babies shown in the pics will always remember their Daddy as a hero that he is. I ask God to comfort their innocent little hearts. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

1Starhoosier
1Starhoosier

It doesnt say what happened to the wrong way driver. I hope his car caught on fire and he was conscious while he slowly burned to death

Prisonkeeper1
Prisonkeeper1

Another amazing feat of bravery. The loss of this soul is devastating to all. May his children understand the man he was, the protector of the citizens he was, and he became exactly the father, and example he became. God bless. May understanding and peace come to you.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This is not good tactics and should not be praised or celebrated.

Helen Hendrickson
Helen Hendrickson

PRAISE for his family both Blood and Blue

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

This is indeed an active of bravery and shows why we say (just like our military members) they give their life to save our's...May God give him the peace he has definitely earned and his family the inner strength that only he can provide to deal with this tragic loss!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

he swerved to take the hit, or did he swerve to avoid being hit like what just about every other human being would do in this instance?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Has anyone figured out whether his airbag was disabled?

Njaz
Njaz

Tragic loss of a precious life so selfless, as to give all he could for others. Condolences to family, blood & blue.😥🙏

TFN
TFN

True Hero!! In an instant he made a decision that would effect his family forever as well as the families of those he saved by "throwing himself on the grenade" Peace and Comfort to his Wife & Kids knowing their Husband / Father gave himself to protect others

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Does anyone know what post he was stationed out of?