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Funeral held for trooper killed on I-294

Funeral services were held today for Illinois State Trooper James Sauter, who was killed last Thursday in a fiery crash on the Tristate Tollway.

Officers and troopers from police departments across the country attended the funeral at the Morraine Valley Church in Palos Heights.

Sauter, who was 28, entered the police academy about five years ago.  He was a pilot for the Illinois State Police, but he enjoyed being on patrol even more and he requested to be transferred back to road duty shortly before the crash.

“He was an outstanding human being,” said Sauter’s partner, Illinois State Trooper Jason Bradley. “The law enforcement community and the citizens of Illinois certainly lost a great man.”

Last Thursday around 11:00 p.m., Sauter was in his cruiser parked on I-294 just south of Willow Road when a semi tractor trailer hit him from behind.  Both vehicles burst into flames.  Sauter was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sauter is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and his parents.

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10 Comments to “Funeral held for trooper killed on I-294”

    Fed up said:
    April 2, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Rest In Peace brother. Thank you for your service.

    Lanell Gilbert said:
    April 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    A young man gave his life while serving and protecting the people. Trooper Sauter is a true hero.

    Chris said:
    April 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    THANK YOU TROOPER JAMES !

      Anonymous said:
      April 2, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      My heart goes out to his family and friends, especially his widow. RIP

    Shakingmyhead said:
    April 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Rest in peace young man. Praying for the comfort of your family

    Unknown said:
    April 2, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Bob Jordan, his last name is sauter not sauer!

    snickety1 said:
    April 2, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    10-1 the truck driver was unlicensed and undocumented!

    anonymous said:
    April 2, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    If anyone is wondering what kind of man he really was, here is a very well written piece that describes his character very well. Written by our former youth pastor's wife. http://pocketfuloforanges.blogspot.com/2013/04/th

    Real funny said:
    April 3, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Another

    Anonymous said:
    April 3, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Thank you for your service, my friend. We will all honor you everyday we put on the uniform. Thank you for your kindness, your smile and your friendship. You are missed.

    I am praying for the comfort of your Mom and Dad, Matthew and especially Liz.
    Rest in peace.

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