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.READ MORE: 'We Couldn't Do Anything': Family Members Wait On Word About Missing Loved One From NC Tubing Accident
A half-mile stretch of I-94 in Green Oaks is now called the “Trooper Gerald W. Ellis Memorial Highway.”READ MORE: CDC: Eviction Moratorium Extended Through The End Of July
Family, friends and colleagues gathered at a special naming ceremony at Townline Community Park in nearby Lake Forest.MORE NEWS: Over 23,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois Last Week Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
They remembered trooper Ellis’ bravery, kindness and dedication to his job.