Colonel Leo Schmitz, director of the State Police Department in Illinois, sadly reports the death of Trooper Christopher Lambert.
Trooper Lambert, 34, was on his way home after completing his shift and came upon a three-vehicle crash in the left lane of the freeway. Lambert notified dispatch and commenced to investigate the collision and provide assistance to the drivers and occupants of the vehicles.
While he was standing outside his patrol unit, enduring the snowy winter roads, Lambert was struck by a passing vehicle. Citizens who witnessed the collision immediately rendered aid to the trooper until EMS arrived.
Lambert was transported to North Shore Glenbrook Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries later in the day.
“Trooper Lambert was a great trooper and was respected by those within and from outside the ISP, this is a tremendous loss which could have been prevented and should have never happened,” said Schmitz. “Trooper Lambert deliberately placed his vehicle in a position to protect the lives of the victims of the previous crash, and took on the danger himself. He will be remembered for his dedication to the Illinois State Police and for giving the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve the citizens of Illinois.”
Christopher Lambert served the Illinois State Police for five years. He was assigned to District 15 in Downers Grove and was a member of the Criminal Patrol Team. He is also a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife and a one-year-old daughter.
Trooper Christopher Lambert is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Saturday, January 12, 2019.