As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Officer Down: James Sauter - [Springfield, Illinois]
End of Service: 03/28/2013
By PoliceOne Staff
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois State trooper was killed Thursday night in an on-duty traffic accident with a semi-truck.
James Sauter, 28, was in his squad when it was struck by a semi from behind, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. It is unclear whether Sauter’s lights were on or why he was stopped, Police Director Hiram Grau said at a news conference.
“Our accident reconstruction team is working," Grau said. "It was a pretty horrific accident. We don’t have all the details yet."
As a cadet, Sauter was awarded the Lifesaving Medal in October of 2008 for saving a woman who had been involved in a motorcycle accident, according to the Chicago Tribune.
"Trooper Sauter was a very talented, wonderful police officer," Grau said. "As you can imagine, his fellow troopers, his fellow officers are devastated.”
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