CHICAGO – Illinois State Police (ISP) District 15 officers departed today as they prepare to honor Trooper James Sauter and others during National Police Week in Washington, D.C.
Sauter is among many fallen officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice and will be honored this week in the nation’s capital. Dozens of ISP District 15 officers, command staff members and retirees departed for the East Coast to show support and solidarity in honor of its fallen officers.
“National Police Week Police affords us the opportunity to recognize and pay tribute to all police officers who have served and have given the ultimate sacrifice," ISP Director Hiram Grau said. “The entire month of May is symbolic for law enforcement because it reminds all of us that these brave heroes will forever be remembered as symbols of courage, honor, and inspiration.”
Since 2012, two ISP troopers; Trooper Kyle Deatherage, EOW (end of watch) Nov. 26, 2012, and Trooper James Sauter, EOW March 28, 2013, were killed in the line of duty.
Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world are expected to converge on the nation’s capital to participate in a number of planned events honoring those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Illinois State Police are also sending a complement of motorcycle officers and the Honor Guard to represent the agency.
“Trooper Sauter will be surrounded by the respect of his fellow officers,” ISP Capt. Patrick Kimes said. “We pay tribute to Jim and remember all of the heroes because their legacies must never be forgotten.”
The ISP contingency includes Capt. Patrick Kimes, Lt. Bob Meeder, Retired Lt. Allison Renaud, Master Sgt. Anton Manuel, Sgt. Jason Bradley, Trooper Salma Cruise, Trooper Ray Kurut, Trooper Eduardo Reyes, Trooper Jon Hand, Trooper Eduardo Perez, Trooper Derek Peon and Trooper Tyrone White.