SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Funeral services are set for an Illinois State Police trooper killed when he was struck and killed by a vehicle along Interstate 294 in suburban Chicago during a snowstorm.
The funeral for Trooper Christopher Lambert is planned for 10 a.m. Friday at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington.
The 34-year-old Lambert was headed home on I-294 near Northbrook when he pulled over and got out of his squad car to respond to a three-vehicle crash. A car then struck him.
State Police Director Leo Schmitz says Lambert positioned his squad car to protect the three cars and “took on the danger himself.” Visitation for Lambert is Thursday at Willow Creek Community Church.
Lambert grew up in Dayton, Ohio. Survivors include his wife, Halley Martin, parents and 1-year-old daughter.
A statement by the Lambert family reads:
“The family of Trooper Christopher Lambert mourns the loss of our son, husband, father and friend. We would like to thank the law enforcement community and the thousands of others who have expressed their love and concern. He left this world in the way in which he lived: putting the well-being and happiness of those around him before his own. We will always remember his devotion to his wife and daughter, his dedication to his career and community, and the love and laughter that he shared with us.”
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