COLCHESTER, Ill. (NEWS3) — The Illinois State Police and the city of Colchester will honor one of their own Sunday by dedicating a park in a fallen trooper’s honor.
Trooper Jerry Ellis died in the line of duty on March 30 when he was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver. Ellis was on his way home from duty traveling on I-94 near Green Oaks when he was hit by a driver driving under the influence of alcohol.
Trooper Ellis was a resident of Colchester, a US Army Veteran and an Illinois State Police District 15 Trooper.
After several generous donations, a memorial park was constructed and will be dedicated in Ellis’ honor.
Multiple Illinois State Police Districts, first responders and local law enforcement agencies will join the Ellis family for the dedication ceremony.
The ceremony will start at 12 p.m. on Sunday at Colchester City Square.
The event is open to the public.
Ellis is one of four Illinois State Troopers hit and killed this year.