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.

He was traveling westbound on I-94 when he observed another vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. He maneuvered his patrol car two lanes over and intentionally collided with the vehicle, preventing it from striking another car containing a family that was traveling in the same lane as the oncoming vehicle.

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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Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray Psalm 91 over all LEO’s and this prayer also:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I know that God sends those angels to watch over our officers, sometimes to protect them and sometimes to whisk our officers into His presence.

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted your family to God every morning for over nine years. I pray that Gerald's life and death will bring glory to His name.

Trust those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

June 22, 2020

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