PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) -- Hundreds of law enforcement officials packed into a Palos Heights church to remember a 28-year-old Illinois State Police Trooper who was killed in a fiery wreck.
Tuesday's funeral for James Sauter drew huge crowds at Morraine Valley Church as co-workers and friends remembered Sauter's outgoing personality and big smile.
The trooper from Vernon Hills was pronounced dead last week after a semi-truck hit his squad car as it idled along the side of Interstate 294.
Sauter became a trooper in 2008.
Trooper James Sauter (SOW'-tur) was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Interstate 294 near Northbrook Thursday night. Authorities say his car was idling on the roadway shoulder when the truck hit it from behind, causing both vehicles to burst into flames.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday at Morraine Valley Church in Palos Heights. His funeral will be held at the same church on Tuesday morning.
Sauter joined the Illinois State Police in June 2008.