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Mourners gather for Illinois trooper funeral

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 2:00 p.m. CDT

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.

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