Two Illinois State Troopers Killed in separate incidents over 3 Day Period

(Fox) The family of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story released a statement Saturday night, fondly recalling the life of a woman dedicated to her family and the protection of others.

Jones-Story, who was hit and killed Thursday by a semitrailer while she was investigating a vehicle near Rockford, was the sixteenth state trooper hit by a vehicle this year and the third killed.

Her family’s letter went beyond those numbers, describing a woman with a passion for her job, the Chicago Cubs and Disney movies.

Trooper Gerald Ellis, 36, was on duty in his police SUV about 3:25 a.m. on Interstate 94 when a vehicle traveling east in the westbound lanes struck him head on, Illinois State Police said in a statement. He was headed home for the night, state police said.

Ellis — an 11-year veteran of District 15 in Downers Grove, which patrols Illinois tollways — was taken to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville and pronounced dead at 4:04 a.m.

The accident is the third trooper death this year, and comes just two days after Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, 34, was struck and killed by a semitrailer Thursday near Rockford.

“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,” state police Acting Director Brendan Kelly said in a statement. “Trooper Ellis laid down his life while protecting the citizens of this state.

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