Illinois State Police • Line of Duty Death: March 30, 2019

Illinois State Police Trooper Gerald Wayne “Jerry” Ellis was killed in the line of duty after he was struck by a wrong-way driver on I-94 on March 30, 2019. 

Trooper Ellis, who served with the Illinois State Police for 11 years, was also a veteran of the United States Army.  

Trooper Ellis left behind his wife of nine years, Stacy Ann, and daughters Kaylee Ann, and Zoe Olivia.  

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation paid off the family’s mortgage as part of its 2020 Season of Hope campaign.