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Funeral arrangements made for Illinois State Trooper

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Update: Funeral arrangements have been made for Illinois State Police Trooper, James Sauter.

The visitation will be Monday, April 1 from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Morraine Valley Church in Palos Heights, Illinois. The funeral will also be at Morraine Valley Church on Tuesday, April 2 at 11 a.m.

Original story published Friday, March 29, 2013.

An Illinois State Trooper was killed in the line of duty when his squad car was struck by another vehicle.

District 15 Trooper, James Sauter was on patrol in Downer's Grove when on I-294 southbound when he was hit by a truck tractor semi-trailer on Thursday, March 28, according to Illinois State Police Director, Hiram Grau.

Police say the 28-year-old state trooper had been a member of the Illinois State Police since June 29, 2008. He had recently completed a temporary assignment in Air Operations and was reassigned to a District 15 patrolman.

“Our hearts are heavy with grief, but they are also strengthened by Trooper Sauter’s brave calling and dedicated service to ISP,” said Grau.

Trooper Sauter is survived by his wife, Elizabeth and family.