Trooper Gerald Wayne Ellis

Trooper Gerald Wayne Ellis

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, March 30, 2019

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Gerald Wayne Ellis

Trooper Gerald Ellis was killed in a vehicle collision involving a wrong-way driver on I-94, in Green Oaks, at 3:25 am.

Trooper Ellis was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Trooper Ellis was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Illinois State Police for 11 years. He was assigned to District 15 in Downers Grove. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, and brother.

Bio

  • Age 36
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 6038
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

wrong-way driver

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In a normal year, myself and 75 other riders would Leave from Alton, IL and ride bicycles to Chicago to honor fallen police officers with an organization called Illinois C.O.P.S (Concerns of Police Survivors). This year because of COVID we broke down into smaller groups and doing what we can to make a difference. This ride has become a big part of my life. In some form or another, the conversation always turns to how I honor my dad by doing this ride. I believe that to be true, but for me personally, there is a bigger reason. We ride to not only honor fallen police officers but to support their families, remind them that their sacrifice is not forgotten, and assure them they are not alone. We remind them that others who have been through this will be there for them. This year I rode to honor of a true American Hero, an Illinois State Trooper who paid the ultimate sacrifice. He gave it all so that others could live. I am truly humbled and honored this year to have ridden in honor of Trooper Gerald Ellis. Trooper Ellis, you are not forgotten! To the Ellis family, your sacrifice is not forgotten, We will be there for you!

Ron Skeeters
Surviving Son Trooper Bernie Skeeters
Illinois State Police
EOW 5-20-1982

July 19, 2020

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