CHICAGO (CBS)– Part of a Lake County highway now honors an Illinois state trooper who died in the line of duty.

Trooper Gerald W. Ellis was killed in March when he used his squad-car to stop a wrong-way driver, saving a family traveling in a nearby car.

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A half-mile stretch of I-94 in Green Oaks is now called the “Trooper Gerald W. Ellis Memorial Highway.”

Family, friends and colleagues gathered at a special naming ceremony at Townline Community Park in nearby Lake Forest.

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They remembered trooper Ellis’ bravery, kindness and dedication to his job.