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Trooper Chong Soo Lim | Illinois State Police, Illinois Illinois State Police, Illinois


Chong Soo Lim

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 6, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 4348

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 6/5/1995

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: 8 year sentence

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Trooper Chong Soo Lim was killed when his patrol car was struck from behind as he a traffic stop on the Northwest Tollway. His squad car was rear-ended and burst into flames.

Trooper Lim stopped a car on I-90, near Hoffman Estates. He was sitting in his squad car when a pickup truck struck the rear of his vehicle and forced it into the automobile in front of him. The force of the collision caused the gas tank to explode and trapped Trooper Lim inside.

The driver of the pickup truck was arrested for DUI. He was later charged with manslaughter for Trooper Lim's death and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Born in South Korea, Trooper Lim patrolled District 3 in Chicago upon his graduation from the Academy. He transferred to the midnight shift in District 15, Oak Brook, just one month before his death. He is survived by his wife.

On June 5, 1996, District 15, Oak Brook dedicated its operations area in memory of Trooper Lim.

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Trooper Lim's memorial on I-90 inspired me to learn more about his life. What I read here reminds me of how much we owe law enforcement officers in Northern Illinois.

My family and I are kept safe by these brave troopers. I hope all of us ordinary civilians can learn to be more humble and respectful of one another in honor of the service of these brave men and women.

A Civilian Kept Safe by Troopers
September 20, 2017


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