SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. — Mourners gathered to remember an Illinois State Police trooper who was struck and killed by a vehicle as he responded to a crash in suburban Chicago during a snowstorm.
Trooper Christopher Lambert was heading home on Interstate 294 last Saturday when he stopped and got out of his squad car to respond to a crash near Northbrook. A car then struck him.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker attended Lambert's Friday funeral at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington.. Pritzker told Lambert's wife and 1-year-old daughter "agony fades" and they would be left with "the best parts of the person that you loved."
The Chicago Tribune reports law enforcement personnel from as far away as Texas attended the service.
The 34-year-old Army veteran served in Iraq and Haiti. He joined the Illinois State Police in 2013.
In a statement, Lambert's family said: "He left this world in the way in which he lived: putting the well-being and happiness of those around him before his own."
Lambert is survived by his wife, Halley Martin, parents and 1-year-old daughter.