1st Rest Stop Re-Named in Memory of a Fallen ISP Trooper
Litchfield, IL – Officials from Illinois State Police (ISP), Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Troopers Lodge 41 were joined by state legislators, friends and the law enforcement community to honor fallen ISP Trooper Kyle Deatherage by officially designating a rest stop in his name.
ISP officers along with Mrs. Sarah Deatherage and family members unveiled the new rest stop signs which are located on the northbound and southbound Coalfield rest stop exits at milepost 64 on Interstate 55. The Trooper Kyle Deatherage Memorial Rest Stop is the first rest stop to be named after a fallen ISP Trooper.
On November 26, 2012, while on patrol as a motorcycle officer, ISP District 18 Trooper Deatherage was conducting a traffic stop on the shoulder of northbound I-55 at milepost 62 when he was struck and killed by a truck tractor semi-trailer. Trooper Deatherage joined the Illinois State Police in 2009, and was 32 years of age at the time of the fatal crash.
Law enforcement officials, legislators, friends and family attending the ceremony acknowledged Trooper Deatherage for his bravery and countless contributions to public service, including when he voluntarily traveled to New Jersey to aid the area severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. November 26, 2012, was Trooper Deatherage’s first day back to duty after returning from service in the east coast.
“For the first time, an ISP Trooper's name will be forever remembered at a rest stop for the public to see and today, we honor that recognition with pride and gratitude,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “Kyle was a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice and he leaves behind a legacy of courage, integrity and pride. The Kyle Deatherage Memorial Rest Stop is here to stay and will be a constant reminder of his brave calling and dedicated service to ISP,” Grau added.
The efforts to rename the rest stop were initiated by State Representative Wayne Rosenthal of the 95th District and sponsored by several State Senators, including Senator William (Sam) McCann of the 50th District.
"As a dedicated Trooper with the Illinois State Police, Kyle gave his life in service of our great state," said Rosenthal. "His passion, honor and respect for his family and brethren will never be forgotten. Today we join in memorializing this rest stop as a reminder of the sacrifices Trooper Deatherage gave to protect and serve Illinois."
"Today we pay tribute to a selfless hero and I am pleased to be here with Trooper Deatherage’s fellow officers, his wife and children, who I know miss him every day,” said State Sen. Sam McCann. “While I wish we never had to erect memorials like this one, it was my honor to help facilitate its approval in the General Assembly. This rest stop will serve as a permanent reminder of his courage and his service to the people of this state.”
In August 2013, memorial signs were placed on Interstate 55 at milepost 62, marking the location of the fatal crash that ended Trooper Deatherage’s life in November 2012.
Today’s ceremony was held at the northbound rest stop renamed in the officer’s honor.
Trooper Kyle W. Deatherage was born in Maryville, Illinois in 1980 and graduated from Triad High School in 1998. Trooper Deatherage held an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Lewis & Clark College.
Trooper Deatherage is survived by his wife, Sarah, his daughter Kaylee and his son Camden. Other surviving family members include his parents, grandmother, and siblings.