Trooper Bernard Delano Skeeters

Trooper Bernard Delano Skeeters

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, May 20, 1982

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Bernard Delano Skeeters

Trooper Bernard Skeeters was killed when his patrol car was struck from behind by a tractor trailer on I-55.

Working a safety detail at about 9:00 a.m., Trooper Skeeters was patrolling southbound on I-55 behind an Illinois Department of Transportation paint truck. A semi-trailer truck driver, having fallen asleep behind the wheel, slammed into Trooper Skeeters' squad car. Trooper Skeeters' squad car was forced into the IDOT paint truck which was carrying flammable paints and thinners. Both the squad car and paint truck exploded and were engulfed in flames. The three-vehicle accident instantly killed Trooper Skeeters. The drivers of both the IDOT truck and the semi-trailer survived the accident.

The semi-trailer driver was charged with reckless homicide. However, a jury could not reach a unanimous decision to convict him.

Trooper Bernard Skeeters was a U.S Army veteran of the Vietnam war and was a 12-year veteran of the Illinois State Police; He was assigned to District 9 in Springfield. Trooper Skeeters was survived by his wife and three sons.

Bio

  • Age 35
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 1736
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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I grew up with Bernie, he was my uncle, what a wonderful person. Bernie would drop what he was doing to help someone needing help and I can only imagine just how quality a State Trooper he was. The sadness and pain still exists today, to a lesser degree, when thinking of that tragic morning of his death. God bless you Bernie, we love you and miss you very much.

Jeff Lopian sr.
nephew

May 20, 2019

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