SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House on Thursday approved a resolution to name an interstate rest stop after the late Trooper Kyle Deatherage, who was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while making a traffic stop.
House members unanimously approved a resolution designating the Coalfield rest stops at milepost 64 on Interstate 55 the "Trooper Kyle Deatherage Memorial Rest Stop."
Deatherage, of Highland, died Nov. 26 after being hit by the truck on Interstate 55 near Litchfield.
The resolution calls for signs to be erected at the rest stop.
Family members of Deatherage were in the audience Thursday in the House, along with police officers from Illinois State Police, Staunton and the Madison County Sheriff's Department. Deatherage was a Madison County deputy prior to joining ISP.
Rep. Wayne Rosenthal, R-Litchfield, who sponsored the resolution, said: "Trooper Deatherage loved what he did. He was protecting the lives of the people of Illinois."
After voting on the resolution, House members held a moment of silence.
Deatherage's survivors include a wife and two young children.