Trooper April C. Styburski

Trooper April C. Styburski

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, January 5, 1990

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April C. Styburski

Trooper April Styburski died after a fall during an accident investigation.

Trooper Styburski was investigating a property accident near Pingree Grove on U.S. 20, east of Elgin. She heard the sound of another accident nearby. Trooper Styburski turned and ran toward the second accident. She slipped on the icy pavement and landed on her back. The fall caused her to inhale so deeply that she inhaled gastric acid into her lungs which caused her vitals to shut down. She was taken to St. Joseph Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Trooper April Styburski was four year veteran of the Illinois State Police, and was assigned to District 2, Elgin; she was stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. She had previously served as Specialist 4 with 822nd Military Police Company for the United States Army and is survived by her husband and son.

On March 15, 1991, the District 2 training room was re-dedicated in memory of Trooper Styburski.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 3848
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

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I think of you every year on this date and remember so clearly the details of the night you died. I was working in the radio room that night. It still hurts my heart even all these years later. In addition to being co workers April and I had the same birthday. I enjoyed our friendship immensely. I miss you April. Rest easy.

Robin Wood
Telecommunicator Lead Worker ISP District 2

January 5, 2020

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