Springfield – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials continue to grieve the loss of their fallen brother, Trooper Kyle Deatherage, who was killed in the line of duty on November 26, 2012 while conducting a traffic stop on I-55 at milepost 62. Trooper Deatherage joined the ISP in 2009 and was assigned to Litchfield District 18’s Motorcycle Unit.
Trooper Deatherage began his law enforcement career with the Staunton, IL Police Department. In 2004, after serving honorably as a Staunton officer, Trooper Deatherage joined the Madison County Sheriff’s Office where he served as a deputy for five years. In 2009, Trooper Deatherage joined the Illinois State Police. Upon completing his academy training as member of Cadet Class 117, he was assigned to patrol as a trooper in District 18.
As a member of the ISP, Trooper Deatherage was an extraordinary trooper who was tremendously dedicated to his unit and the department. His direct supervisor, Acting Master Sergeant Chris Boyett said he put 300 percent into the job 24 hours a day without ever complaining.
As a testament of his commitment to service, Trooper Deatherage recently joined 28 other fellow ISP officers and traveled to the east coast to assist New Jersey police officers with Hurricane Sandy.
Trooper Deatherage was an inspiration to his fellow officers who often consulted with him for guidance. He was a mentor and a motivational leader. One of his squad partners in District 18, Trooper Daniel Menke fondly recalled that he learned more about the true meaning of police work, dedication and personal sacrifice from Kyle Deatherage.
Trooper Deatherage was born in Maryville, IL in 1980 and graduated from Triad High School in 1998. Trooper Deatherage held an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Lewis & Clark College. Most recently, Trooper Deatherage’s hard work and dedication as an ISP trooper paid off when he was assigned to the motorcycle unit, a lifelong dream.
Trooper Kyle Deatherage is survived by his wife, Sarah, his daughter Kaylee and his son Camden.
Other surviving family members include his parents, grandmother, and siblings.