LITCHFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – In preparation for Saturday’s funeral service of Trooper Kyle Deatherage, Illinois State Police District 18 Commander Capt. Scott Compton released a statement from the Deatherage family and details on how to donate to a memorial fund.

“The family of Kyle would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming outpouring of support in this tragic situation. The love and compassion is something that we will cherish in our hearts forever. Without a doubt, this incident devastates our family, friends, and community. Our lives will be forever changed as we remember the great husband, father, brother, son, and friend that Kyle was. However we would like everyone to recognize the vital and dangerous role that officers play in keeping us safe. We ask that as we use our roadways, please practice safe driving and be aware of our emergency safety workers.”

In an effort to promote the memory of Kyle and his family as well as show our support for our law enforcement protectors, two memorial
funds have been established at Scott Credit Union in Highland. The Kyle W. Deatherage Criminal Justice Scholarship fund will be used to
support a student entering the law enforcement profession. The Kyle Deatherage Memorial Fund will be used to provide for the education of
his children.

While conducting a traffic stop on November 26, Trooper Deatherage was killed in the line of duty when he was struck by a truck-tractor semi on I-55 at milepost 62. He was pronounced at the scene and had been a member of the Illinois State Police since May 31, 2009. Trooper Deatherage was assigned to District 18 as a motorcycle officer.

Trooper Deatherage was 32 years old and is survived by his two young children and his wife, Sarah.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Kyle Deatherage Memorial Fund can contact the Scott Credit Union in Highland, Illinois, at 618-345-1000.


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