Final Call (Out-of-State Troopers)

missouri-state-highway-patrolAge: NA Tour of Duty: 2 years, 2 months
Badge Number: 162
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
Date of Incident: August 28, 2015

Trooper James Bava was killed in a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway FF and County Road 977, in Audrain County, shortly before 8:30 am. He was initiating a traffic stop of a motorcycle when his patrol car crashed.

The driver of the motorcycle was arrested on November 23rd, 2015, following a three month long investigation. The man was charged with second degree murder, resisting a lawful stop, resisting arrest by a state trooper, careless driving, excessive speeding, and failure to register a vehicle.

Trooper Bava served with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for two years and was assigned to Troop F. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters.

louisiana-state-policeAge: 43 Tour of Duty: 13 years
Badge Number: D-57
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 23, 2015

Senior Trooper Steven Vincent was shot and killed while checking on a vehicle that was being operated by a suspected intoxicated driver near the intersection of Highway 14 and Fruge Road, near Bell City.

Trooper Vincent was on patrol when he spotted a vehicle from a previous reckless driving report. The vehicle in question had driven off the road and was stuck in a ditch. Trooper Vincent approached the vehicle and began speaking with the occupant and then ordered him to exit the vehicle. The male exited the vehicle with a sawed off shotgun in his hand and opened fire, striking Trooper Vincent in the head. The man then taunted Trooper Vincent as he lay on the ground mortally wounded.

A passing motorist witnessed the incident, stopped his vehicle and tackled the subject. He then wrestled the shotgun away from the man while additional civilians who stopped to assist, utilized Trooper Vincent’s handcuffs to cuff and take the subject into custody. They then called for assistance and rendered aid to Trooper Vincent. Trooper Vincent was taken to Lake Charles Hospital where he died the next day from his wounds.

Trooper Vincent was a U.S. Army veteran. He served with the Louisiana State Police for 13 years and had previously served with the Lake Charles Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and 9-year-old son.

washington-state-patrolAge: 47 Tour of Duty: 17 years
Badge Number: 938
Cause of Death:  Heart Attack
Date of Incident: August 6, 2015

Detective Brent Hanger suffered a fatal heart attack while hiking into a remote area of Chinook Pass, near Yakima, to investigate reports of a marijuana growing operation. He began to suffer chest pains and shortness of breath. Other detectives who were with him immediately called for assistance and started CPR after he collapsed, but were unable to revive him. Detective Hanger served with the Washington State Patrol for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and six children.

ky-state-policeAge: 23 Tour of Duty: 6 months
Badge Number: 800
Cause of Death:  Automobile Accident
Date of Incident: June 23, 2015

Trooper Eric K. Chrisman was killed in a vehicle crash on US Route 62 near the Tennessee River Bridge in Livingston County at 5:48 pm.  He was responding to a reckless driver complaint when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and crossed into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer.  Trooper Chrisman’s vehicle was struck on the driver’s side, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.  Trooper Chrisman had served with the Kentucky State Police for only six months.

nj-state-policeAge: 25 Tour of Duty: 1 year, 7 months
Badge Number: 7425
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
Date of Incident: May 30, 2015

Trooper Anthony Raspa was killed in a vehicle crash on I-195 near mile marker 9 in Monmouth County, New Jersey, at approximately 12:48 am. The patrol car he was driving struck a deer in the travel lane, then left the roadway and collided with a tree. He and his partner were both transported to CentraState Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Trooper Raspa served with the New Jersey State Police for 19 months.

Age: 21 Tour of Duty: 1 dayco_-_state_patrol
Badge Number: Not Available
Cause of Death: Vehicular Assault
Date of Incident: May 23, 2015

Trooper Taylor Thyfault was struck and killed by a vehicle that was fleeing from other officers. Trooper Thyfault was riding along with a trooper as part of his required training and was at the scene of an unrelated vehicle crash on Colorado Highway 66, near Weld County Road 1. As they conducted their accident investigation, a vehicle pursuit approached their location. The trooper and Trooper Thyfault were deploying stop sticks when the offender swerved struck both of them with his vehicle. Trooper Thyfault was killed and the trooper was critically injured. The driver of the vehicle was apprehended near the scene. Trooper Thyfault was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Colorado State Patrol for several weeks. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Trooper from the rank of Cadet.

Age: 21 Tour of Duty: 3 months
Badge Number: 346wisconsin-state-patrol
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 24, 2016

Trooper Trevor Casper was shot and killed in Fond du Lac while attempting to apprehend a bank robbery and murder suspect at approximately 5:30 pm.  The subject was believed to have robbed a bank in Wausaukee approximately four hours earlier. Approximately one hour after the bank robbery the suspect abandoned the vehicle he was driving, murdered a citizen, and stole a second vehicle in Marinette County.  Trooper Casper located the second vehicle as it was being driven through Fond du Lac and began following it. The vehicle stopped near the intersection of U.S. 41 and West Johnson Street and the man opened fire on Trooper Casper.  Trooper Casper returned fire and both he and the subject were killed.  Trooper Casper had graduated from the police academy only three months prior to the incident.  He is survived by his parents and two sisters.

NYSPAge: 23 Tour of Duty: 2 weeks
Badge Number: Not Available
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
Date of Incident: March 13, 2015

Trooper Donald Fredenburg suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in a morning training run at the New York State Police Academy. He and other newly sworn in troopers had just begun their run around the SUNY Albany campus when he suddenly collapsed. Academy staff immediately provided medical attention, including the use of an AED, which restarted his heart. He was transported to Albany Medical Center where he passed away at approximately 7:30 am. Trooper Fredenburg was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had been sworn in as a New York State trooper only two weeks prior. He is survived by his wife and parents.

Age: 30 Tour of Duty: 7 year, 6 months
Badge Number: 731Oklahoma HP
Cause of Death: Struck by Vehicle
Date of Incident: January 31, 2015

Trooper Nicholas Dees was struck and killed by a vehicle near mile marker 195 on I-40, east of Shawnee. He and another trooper were investigating a wreck involving a semi-truck on westbound I-40 at approximately 10:00 pm when a vehicle went around their patrol cars before striking both troopers. Trooper Dees died at the scene. The other trooper suffered serious injuries. The subject who caused the crash was arrested and charged in connection with the incident. Trooper Dees served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for approximately 18 months.

pennsylvania-state-police-trooperAge: 26 Tour of Duty: 2 years, 3 months
Badge Number: 12115
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
Date of Incident: September 30, 2014

Trooper David Kedra was accidentally shot and killed while participating in a training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex, in Plymouth Township, at approximately 4:45 pm.  During the exercise a live round was discharged and struck Trooper Kedra in the chest.  He was flown to Temple University Hospital where he succumbed the injury.

Trooper Kedra served with the Pennsylvania State Police for just over two years.

pennsylvania-state-police-trooperAge: 38 Tour of Duty: 7 years, 3 months
Badge Number: 10714
Military Veteran
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: September 12, 2014
Weapon: Rifle, 308 caliber
Suspect: At large

Corporal Bryon Dickson was shot and killed from ambush at the Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County, at approximately 11:00 pm.  He had just walked out of the front door of the barracks when he was struck by a .308 caliber rifle shot.  A dispatcher who was inside of the barracks attempted to pull him into the building but also came under fire and had to retreat back into the building.  A second trooper, who had been in the parking lot, also came to Trooper Dickson’s aid but was wounded before he also had to retreat into the building.  The subject then shot Corporal Dickson a second time, killing him.

The subject fled the scene but was identified two days later when his vehicle and other evidence was found partially submerged in a pond two miles from the barracks. The subject remains at large.

Corporal Dickson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and served with the Pennsylvania State Police for seven years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

NYSPAge: 42 Tour of Duty: 13 years
Badge Number: Not Available
Cause of Death: Vehicular Assault
Date of Incident: May 29, 2014

Trooper Christopher Skinner was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on I-81 in Broome County.

He was conducting a traffic stop just north of Exit 6, between Chenango Bridge and Castle Creek, when he was struck. The driver who struck him continued driving up the interstate until stopping and running into the woods. He was apprehended approximately one hour later following a search of the area.

Trooper Skinner served with the New York State Police for 13 years and was assigned to the Traffic Incident Management. He was survived by two children, mother, brother, and fiance.

Florida SPAge: 30 Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: 1087
Cause of Death: Struck by Vehicle
Date of Incident: May 3, 2014

Trooper Chelsea Richard was struck and killed by a vehicle while investigating an accident on I-75, near mile marker 341, at approximately 2:00 pm. The vehicles involved in the accident had been moved to the shoulder. She was speaking with a tow truck driver and a family member of a crash victim when another accident occurred at the same location. A pickup truck pulling a trailer left the roadway and struck all three individuals, killing Trooper Richard and the tow truck driver. The third pedestrian suffered severe injuries and died several days later.

Trooper Richard served with the Florida Highway Patrol for nine years and was assigned to the Ocala District Office. She is survived by her 4-year-old son, parents, and grandparents.

alaska-state-troopersAge: 45 Tour of Duty: 23 years
Badge Number: 144
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 1, 2014

Sergeant Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabriel Rich were shot and killed while investigating reports that a person had brandished a firearm in the village of Tanana several days earlier. Both troopers had gone to a home on Front Street to speak to the suspect. At some point during the investigation both troopers were fatally shot inside of the home. One subject was taken into custody following the incident.

Sergeant Johnson served with the Alaska State Troopers for 20 years and had previously served with the North Slope Borough Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, parents, and siblings.

alaska-state-troopersAge: 26 Tour of Duty: 7 years, 6 months
Badge Number: 46
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 1, 2014

Trooper Gabriel Rich and Sergeant Scott Johnson were shot and killed while investigating reports that a person had brandished a firearm in the village of Tanana several days earlier. Both troopers had gone to a home on Front Street to speak to the suspect. At some point during the investigation they were fatally shot inside the home. One subject was taken into custody following the incident.

Trooper Rich served with the Alaska State Troopers for 3-1/2 years and had previously served with the North Pole Police Department for four years. He is survived by his two sons, fiancee, and parents.

504

Age: 34 Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: 18896
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
Date of Incident: February 17, 2014

Officer Brian Law and Officer Juan Gonzalez were killed in a single vehicle crash while responding to an accident call on Highway 99, near Bethel Avenue, in Kingsburg at approximately 6:00 am. Both officers were riding in the same cruiser responding to the accident, which had been incorrectly reported in the northbound lanes of Highway 99. As they responded to the scene they came upon the accident in the southbound lanes with one of the victims in their travel lane. The patrol car swerved in an attempt to avoid striking the victim, struck the guardrail, and overturned. They both suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Officer Law had served with the California Highway Patrol for six years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

504

Age: 33 Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: 18935
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
Date of Incident: February 17, 2014

Officer Juan Gonzalez and Officer Brian Law were killed in a single vehicle crash while responding to an accident call on Highway 99, near Bethel Avenue, in Kingsburg at approximately 6:00 am. Both officers were riding in the same cruiser responding to the accident, which had been incorrectly reported in the northbound lanes of Highway 99. As they responded to the scene they came upon the accident in the southbound lanes with one of the victims in their travel lane. The patrol car swerved in an attempt to avoid striking the victim, struck the guardrail, and overturned. They both suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Officer Gonzalez had served with the California Highway Patrol for six years..

NY

Age: 35 Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: 5128
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
Date of Incident: December 17, 2013

Trooper David Cunniff succumbed to injuries sustained the previous night when his patrol car was struck from behind by a tractor trailer at approximately 8:25 pm. He had made a traffic stop of the speeding vehicle on the New York State Thruway, at Exit 27, and was stopped on the shoulder when the semi hit his cruiser from behind. The impact caused him to become partially ejected. He was transported to a local hospital with massive injuries but succumbed to those injuries the following day. Trooper Cunniff had served with the New York State Police for nine years and was assigned to Troop T. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.

NY

Age: 44 Tour of Duty: 17 years
Badge Number: 2105
Military Veteran
Cause of Death: Fall
Date of Incident: November 20, 2013

Trooper Ross M. Riley died after falling approximately 30-feet while participating in a high-angle rescue training exercise in Letchworth State Park.  As part of the exercise a life-size dummy had been placed on a ledge of a cliff over Wolf Creek. Trooper Riley, a paramedic for the agency, and two other troopers rappelled to the ledge and secured the dummy to a stretcher.  As other personnel began to lift the stretcher Trooper Riley fell backwards and dropped approximately 30 feet into Wolf Creek, suffering severe head injuries.  The other two troopers immediately descended to his location and administered aid.  He was transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  Trooper Riley was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Persian Gulf War and had served with the New York State Police for 17 years.  He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

NY

Age: 56 Tour of Duty: 26 years
Badge Number: 4216
Military Veteran
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
Location: Utah
Date of Incident: August 23, 2013

Trooper William Keane suffered a fatal heart attack while officially representing the New York State Police in the North American Inspectors Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah. Trooper Keane had been participating in the timed commercial vehicle inspection events when be began to feel ill. He was transported to a local hospital when his conditioned worsened but passed away a short time later. Trooper Keane was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the New York State Police for 26 years and was assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit in Troop A. He is survived by his wife, seven children, and six grandchildren.

NY

Age: 40 Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: Not Available
Military Veteran
Cause of Death: Fall
Date of Incident: May 9, 2011

Trooper Winston Martindale succumbed to injuries sustained on May 9th, 2011, after responding to the scene of a plane crash in Wawayanda, New York. Trooper Martindale was one of the first responding units to a crash involving two small planes that had collided. During the response he fell on a piece of equipment and suffered internal injuries and internal bleeding. Despite the injuries, he continued his efforts to free the two pilots from the wreckage. After clearing the scene several hours later it was determined that he had suffered severe injuries. He underwent several surgeries over the following two years but succumbed as a result of the injuries and complications on July 24th, 2013. Trooper Martindale was a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. He had served with the New York State Police for seven years and was assigned to Troop F. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents, sister, and brother.

Pennsylvania

Age: 50 Tour of Duty: 21 years, 9 months
Badge Number: Not Available
Military Veteran
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
Date of Incident: July 1, 2013

Sergeant John LaRose was killed in a vehicle crash when his patrol car collided with another vehicle on Route 120 in Lumber Township, Pennsylvania, while traveling between Emporium and Muncy. He was travelling on a curved portion of roadway when his vehicle lost traction due to wet conditions. The vehicle crossed the center line and struck another oncoming car. Sergeant LaRose was killed in the crash while the two occupants of the other vehicle were injured. Sergeant LaRose was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 22 years where he served as station commander of the Emporium barracks. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Washington

Age: Not Available Tour of Duty: 16 years
Badge Number: Not Available
Military Veteran
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
Date of Incident: May 31, 2013

Trooper Sean O’Connell was killed when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle as he controlled traffic in Conway, Washington. He was struck near the intersection of Fir Island Road and Main Street and knocked to the ground at approximately 5:45 pm. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Trooper O’Connell was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Washington State Patrol for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Honoring Trooper Sean M. O’Connell

By: Tpr. Bradley Conner – 2nd District HQ

On June 5, 2013 I had the privilege of representing our department at the memorial of a fallen trooper in Everett, Washington.  Trooper Sean M. O’Connell was born on September 10, 1974, originally a native of New York.  He died in the line of duty on May 31, 2013 from injuries resulting from a traffic crash.

On May 31, 2013 at approximately 1700hrs Tpr. O’Connell was patrolling backed-up traffic on a detour around the collapsed Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River when he was thrown from his motorcycle in a collision with a box truck. Tpr. O’Connell later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.

Tpr. O’Connell was a member of the Washington State Police for sixteen years.  Prior to that he was a member of the US Navy and served as a sailor on the U.S.S. Lincoln.  Tpr. O’Connell was a member of the Washington State Police Motor Unit where he had been stationed for over a decade.  The funeral procession was over five miles long and included multiple agencies.  The procession route travelled on I-5 to the Comcast Arena where the memorial was held.  There were hundreds of people along the route, both civilian and public service, paying tribute to a trooper who clearly was loved by the community.

Tpr. O’Connell was married with a seven-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter.  Despite the tragedy, the strength and resolve the family demonstrated in honoring his life was inspiring.  Every person I spoke with remembered Tpr. O’Connell as a man who lived life to its fullest and “never knew a stranger”.  There were many stories of how a room would brighten just by his presence, and that no matter who you were or what rank you held you were less likely to get a handshake and more likely to get a hug from Tpr. O’Connell.  Tpr. O’Connell was loved by his fellow Motor Unit who stated that when Tpr. O’Connell was working you knew you were going to have a good day.

The appreciation that was shown for my presence at the memorial was amazing.  The camaraderie that was displayed was also amazing.  I was informed of the trip at 1500hrs on June 5th and on a plane to Washington at 2045hrs.  Multiple Michigan State troopers ensured my trip went smoothly – everything from getting to the airport to having the proper locks for TSA.  During my trip I was in contact with the Washington State Troopers who were working on their end until the early hours of the morning to make sure I had accommodations and transportation while I was there.  I arrived at 0330hrs on June 6th.  Upon arrival at my hotel I was greeted by troopers asking if there was anything they could do to assist me.  I was contacted at 0700hrs and advised that there would be a trooper at the hotel to pick me up at 0800hrs.  The trooper and his wife were there and assisted me with everything I needed throughout the entire stay.  Every member of law enforcement I spoke with was amazed I had come all the way from Michigan to attend the memorial. The members of the Washington State Police welcomed me and treated me as if I were a member of their own family.

I would like to thank the MSPTA, Capt. Yesh, Insp. Hill, Lt. Gonzales, Sgt. Dilg, and my MSP family for allowing me the opportunity to represent the department at Tpr. O’Connell’s services.  It was a great honor and I could not have been any more impressed by the efforts of our department to make this happen on such short notice.

Arizona

Age: 47 Tour of Duty: 14 years
Badge Number: 5430
Military Veteran
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
Date of Incident: May 6, 2013 Officer Tim Huffman was killed when his patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer on I-8 near Dateland, Arizona, at approximately 5:00 pm.  He and other officers were attempting to shutdown a lane of traffic while investigating an earlier accident. Officer Huffman was sitting in his patrol car writing a report as another officer attempted to shut down a lane of traffic to clear a lane for fire department vehicles. The tractor trailer failed to yield the officer who was waving traffic over and struck the back of Officer Huffman’s patrol car at full speed, pushing it into two other patrol cars, a fire department vehicle and a civilian vehicle.   Officer Huffman succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The driver was charged with second degree murder.  Officer Huffman was a member of the Arizona Army National Guard and had served with the Arizona Department of Public Safety for 14 years.

Alaska
Age: 40 Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: Not Available
Cause of Death: Aircraft Accident
Date of Incident: March 30, 2013 Trooper Tage Toll was killed in a helicopter crash during a search and rescue mission near Talkeetna, Alaska. Trooper Toll had been picked up by the Alaska State Trooper’s Helo-1 at approximately 7:35 pm to assist in searching for a missing snowmachiner near Larson Lake. They located the subject just before 10:00 pm and were able to bring him aboard the helicopter. The helicopter was en route to Sunshine Tesoro to meet with medics when troopers lost radio contact with it at approximately 11:00 pm. The wreckage was located the following morning after a massive search. Trooper Toll, civilian pilot Mel Nading, and the snowmachiner were all killed in the crash. Trooper Toll had served with the Alaska State Troopers for 10 years and had previously served with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Illinois-patch

Age: 28 Tour of Duty: 4 years, 9 months
Badge Number: 6095
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
Date of Incident: March 28, 2013 Trooper James Sauter was killed when a semi-trailer truck struck his cruiser on Interstate 294 south of Willow Road shortly after 11:00 p.m.  The trooper was stopped in the left shoulder of the south-bound lanes when the semi rear-ended his cruiser, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Trooper Sauter was a 5-year veteran of the Illinois State Police and is survived by his wife and family.

Virginia

Age: 63 Tour of Duty: 40 years
Badge Number: 802
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 7, 2013
Weapon:  Shotgun
Suspect:  Charged with capital murder

Master Trooper J.A. Walker was shot and killed after stopping for what he believed to be a disabled vehicle on southbound I-85, near mile marker 45, in Dinwiddie County at approximately 1:30 pm.  At some point during the encounter, a subject exited the vehicle and opened fire on Trooper Walker as he sat in his patrol car. He was able to return fire and call for assistance, but his patrol car then lunged forward and ran off the right side of the road coming to rest in the woods approximately 30 feet from the interstate. A passing motorist called 911 to report a trooper in distress. The first two state troopers responded within two minutes of the radio call and one observed the subject standing outside Master Trooper Walker’s patrol car with a weapon. The responding trooper and the subject exchanged gunfire before the subject fled on foot into the woods. At approximately 1:58 p.m., deputies with the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office took the subject into custody without further incident. The subject was discovered hiding at a local business approximately a half mile away from the shooting scene.  Meanwhile, the heat from the engine of Master Trooper Walker’s vehicle sparked the brush under his vehicle to catch fire. The two responding troopers were able to pull Master Trooper Walker from his burning vehicle. However, he had been shot multiple times and succumbed to his injuries at the scene.  The subject was charged with capital murder of a police officer, attempted capital murder of a police officer, and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.  Trooper Walker had served with the Virginia State Police for 40 years, and had been assigned to Dinwiddie County for 27 years. He was scheduled to retire one month after his murder. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.

Tennessee-patch

Age: 52 Tour of Duty: 32 years
Badge Number: Not Available
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
Date of Incident: January 25, 2013

Trooper Michael Slagle died following a vehicle crash on Longmire Road, near Emory Road, in Knox County. His patrol car slid off the roadway after striking a patch of ice. Despite being stuck in his vehicle, he was able to notify dispatchers of the crash and rescue crews were sent to the scene. A responding fire truck slid on the same patch of ice and flipped over on top of his patrol car while he was still inside.  At some point during the incident Trooper Slagle suffered a fatal heart attack.  Trooper Slagle served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for 28 years and was assigned to the State Supreme Court Detail. He previously served with the Granger County Sheriff’s Office for four years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Illinois-patchAge: 32 Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: 6128
Cause of Death: Struck by Vehicle
Date of Incident: November 26, 2012

Trooper Kyle Deatherage was struck and killed by a tractor trailer while making a traffic stop on I-55, at mile marker 62, near Litchfield. He parked his motorcycle on the shoulder and was speaking with the driver of the vehicle when the collision occurred. Trooper Deatherage served with the Illinois State Police for three years. He is survived by his wife, 4-year-old daughter, and 10-month-old son.