Mourners gather for Illinois trooper funeral
PALOS HEIGHTS (AP) — Hundreds of law enforcement officials packed into a Palos Heights church to remember a 28-year-old Illinois State Police Trooper who was killed in a fiery wreck.
Tuesday's funeral for James Sauter drew huge crowds at Morraine Valley Church as co-workers and friends remembered Sauter's outgoing personality and big smile.
The trooper from Vernon Hills was pronounced dead last week after a semi-truck hit his squad car as it idled along the side of Interstate 294.
Sauter became a trooper in 2008.