(KMOV.com) – Illinois State Police are mourning the death of a trooper following the his death Thursday.
ISP Trooper Sauter was on duty in his ISP squad car when his vehicle was struck by a truck tractor semi-trailer at I-294 southbound at Willow Road in Downer’s Grove, Illinois.
He was pronounced dead at the scene early Friday morning. Sauter had been a member of the Illinois State Police since June 29, 2008.
“Trooper Sauter left a legacy of courage, honor and duty and we will never forget Star #6095,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “Our hearts are heavy with grief, but they are also strengthened by Trooper Sauter’s brave calling and dedicated service to ISP.”
Trooper Sauter had just completed a temporary assignment in Air Operations and was recently re-assigned to District 15 as a patrolman.
Trooper Sauter was 28 years old and is survived by his wife, Elizabeth and family.