Trooper James Sauter Illinois State Police, Illinois End of Watch: Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Trooper James Sauter

Illinois State Police, Illinois
End of Watch: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Biographical Info

Age: 28
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: 6095

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: March 28, 2013
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Director Hiram Grau
Illinois State Police
801 S 7th Street
P.O. Box 19461
Springfield, IL 62794
Phone: (217) 782-6637

Trooper Sauter was killed when an semi-trailer truck struck his cruiser on Interstate 294 south of Willow Road shortly after 11:00 p.m. Trooper Sauter 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.

An Illinois State Trooper was killed Thursday night when a semitrailer truck struck his police cruiser on the Tri-State Tollway in Northbrook.

Trooper James Sauter, 28, was on-duty when the truck slammed into his police cruiser in the southbound lanes of I-294 near Willow Road, said Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond in a statement.

Sauter, who had been a trooper since 2008, died from his injuries at the scene shortly after the 11 p.m. crash, authorities said.

Sauter received a Lifesaving Medal while still a cadet in October of 2008 after coming across a motorcycle on its side on eastbound I-80. The ISP says Sauter grabbed his first responder bag and crossed over the lanes of traffic to assist a woman face down in a pool of blood. The ISP says Sauter cleared blood from the woman’s airway, and she survived.

“Trooper Sauter left a legacy of courage, honor and duty,” ISP Director Hiram Grau said in a statement. “Our hearts are heavy with grief, but they are also strengthened by Trooper Sauter’s brave calling and dedicated service.”

Police drove in procession to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, escorting Sauter’s body.

There, dozens of police officers and state troopers stood at attention as firefighters cut away the twisted steel and removed him from the wreckage.

Sauter, who is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and other family, had been a trooper for nearly five years, and recently completed a temporary assignment in Air Operations. He was recently reassigned to ISP District 15 as a patrolman.

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