Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Gerald Wayne Ellis

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, March 30, 2019

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Reflections for Trooper Gerald Wayne Ellis

Rest in peace, brother. Blessings and strength to your loving family.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

March 30, 2021

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

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

Gerald, thank you for your sacrifice and service. We will never forget you.

Trooper A.M. Unal
Illinois State Police

April 19, 2020

Rest in heavenly peace on this your 1 anniversary in heaven. Thank you for your service

Mark Mottola

March 30, 2020

Your selfless act of bravery saved many lives that fateful night. They integrity you upheld is something I aspire to achieve in my lifetime.

Aspiring State Trooper Ryan Brand

January 28, 2020

God Bless you and your Family! Such a selfless act of bravery! I pray for you and your family...Thank you for your service to protect and serve!

Dave Fox
High School Teacher
Oxnard, CA

October 23, 2019

True "HERO", rest in God's peaceful hold and may God bless your loved ones.

PA Police Officer/State Inv Ret

August 21, 2019

Praying for comfort and strength for the family and friends of Trooper Ellis. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find joy and hope in the memories you all share of your loved one.

Wife of Lt. Kevin Clyde Mainhart EOW 5/11/2017

July 22, 2019

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. Thank you for your service and selfless sacrifice, you will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Trooper Ellis during this time of tragic and painful loss.

Deputy Donnie Meaders (retired)
Okfuskee County Sheriff's Office (OK)

July 9, 2019

Rest in Peace Trooper Ellis

Police Cadet Alex Blakemore

June 24, 2019


Cpl Julian “Jules” Olvera
Seguin Tx, Police Department

May 5, 2019

Thank you for your service God rest your soul we will take it from here while you go home

Seargent will roux
Civil air patrol air Force axsilery

April 28, 2019

Let’s all understand what has happened. Trooper Ellis willingly and without hesitation sacrificed himself to save the lives of others. He is the definition of the word HERO.

Anthony Mack

April 17, 2019

This is the ultimate sacrifice, Trooper Ellis was also an Army Veteran! He chose to protect and serve in both roles. And that he did by intentionally crossing two lanes to save a family.

However, his own family will suffer that sacrifice and loss for a lifetime. I know this sounds rote, but I pray sincerely that God will comfort the family in a way that only He can.

American citizen, Ohio

April 14, 2019

Rest in Peace Trooper Ellis. Thank you for your service & sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and the ISP.

Sgt. Scott Seitz
Plainsboro Township NJ Police Department

April 12, 2019

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

April 10, 2019

R.I.P. BROTHER Ellis!!!

Nebraska Police Officer

April 10, 2019

A true hero, may his soul rest peacefully

Investigator Hylton Pharr

April 10, 2019

There is no greater love than he who lays down his life for another. Sir, you are a hero and will never be forgotten. Your sacrifice will forever change the lives of the people you saved. Sadly, it will also change the lives of your family. My heart and prayers are with them.

Civilian Susan Walker
Glendale, Arizona

April 9, 2019

This is what a true hero looks like. I hope that his family and loved ones can find comfort in the fact that this man gave his life to protect the innocent. You are all in my prayers.

Michael Bowman, civilian
Son of a PA State Trooper and Vietnam Vet (now deceased)

April 8, 2019

Trooper Ellis, your dedicated service and act of heroism will not go unnoticed by our ever loving God. He has prepared an abundant reward for you in a place where there will be no more tears nor pain, only eternal peace and joy. May He immerse you and your beloved family in His Divine Mercy, now and forever. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

April 8, 2019

Sorry for the loss of the LEO. We all lose so much when such is taken from us. May God give the family and fellow officers they worked with Peace and Strength to carry on.

D.A.V. CHAPTER 11 Springfield, Missouri Color Guard.
Son of Chief of Police.Deceased
Their watch is over, now they patrol in Heaven.

April 7, 2019

It takes a special type of person to do what you did. God bless you and your family.

Captain David McMakin
MUSC Department of Public Safety

April 7, 2019

God Speed Brother

Deputy Tim Duvall
Boyd County KY Sheriffs Department

April 7, 2019

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