On March 30th, Illinois State Trooper Gerald Ellis was on duty in his patrol car, traveling on Interstate 94 in Green Oaks. Gerald observed a vehicle heading toward him in the wrong direction at a high rate of speed. Without hesitation, Trooper Ellis selflessly crossed over two lanes of traffic and put his patrol car directly into the path of the driver. The collision stopped the wrong way driver and saved several other vehicles behind him from being hit, but it cost him his life. Gerald passed away from his injuries at the hospital. Trooper Ellis had served the Illinois State Police for 11 years, spending his entire career at District 15 in Downers Grove. He was a husband, father of two and a U.S. Army Combat Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was 36 years old.