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Ill. Trooper Struck, Killed by Big Rig

November 26, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of Illinois State Police.
Photo courtesy of Illinois State Police.

An Illinois State Police trooper was killed early Monday, when a tractor trailer struck him during a traffic stop along Interstate 55 near Litchfield.

Trooper Kyle Deatherage, a motorcycle officer, was conducting a traffic stop just after 9 a.m. when he was struck by the semi truck. Trooper Deatherage, 32, died at the scene.

No charges have been announced for the driver of the truck.

Trooper Deatherage had served with the agency for about 3 1/2 years and leaves behind a wife and two children.

"Trooper Deatherage left a legacy of courage and duty and today he is surrounded by the respect of his fellow officers and by the love of his friends and family," Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau said in a statement. "Our hearts are heavy with grief, but they are also strengthened by Trooper Deatherage's brave calling."

Tags: Vehicle Stops, Duty Deaths, Illinois State Police


Comments (9)

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Mike @ 11/27/2012 4:56 AM

I just never get over such tragedies. I salute Trooper Deatherage and pray for his dear family that they will be strengthened by God during this painful time. God bless all families of LEOs who have passed but also helped make America a better place for others.

ChiefP @ 11/27/2012 6:00 AM

@Mike, very well said bud. God bless Deatherage's family, and may he walk with you and comfort you in your time of need. RIP brother.

S.S @ 11/27/2012 8:07 AM

I think Mike said it best. I hope the department as a whole will look after Trooper Deatherage's wife and children. With this being so close to the holidays it's a terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper Deatheridge's family and friends. R.I.P.

Trigger @ 11/27/2012 10:46 AM

2 Corinthians 5:6-8 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

J.Murphy Jr. @ 11/27/2012 12:52 PM

My Condolences To The Family,And To The Department And All The Rest Of The Department Officers,May They Take Care Of Trooper Deatherages Wife And Children,This Close To The Holidays And,RIP Brother And May God Be With You!

RICHARD ISAACS @ 11/27/2012 5:20 PM

WHEN IT'S MY TIME, AND THAT WON'T BE LONG I WOULD HOPE THERE IS A LINE OF PEACE OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS THAT WENT BEFORE ME WAITING TO GREET AND WELCOME ME. TROOPER DEATHERAGE IT WILL BE AN HONOR TO SHAKE YOUR HAND.

john@IA retired @ 11/27/2012 5:29 PM

My thoughts and prayers to Trooper Deatherage and his family.

Dep TM. Brown @ 11/28/2012 3:25 PM

My prayers go out to the trooper and his family, this is very sad indeed!
It is dangerous out there,

Eric @ 11/29/2012 7:52 PM

God bless you Kyle and your family. I wish peace upon your loved ones as they struggle to adapt to life without their loved one. This will be one of the hardest things they will ever do in life. Thank you for your service brother.

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