LITCHFIELD, Ill. - It was one year ago Tuesday that Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage was struck by a truck driver and killed near Litchfield.
In his honor Illinois state police are aggressively patrolling the roads for 24 hours. NewsChannel 5 rode along with Trooper Calvin Dye to see "Operation Kyle" first hand. The goal is to keep everyone on the roads safe. Troopers are out in full force cracking down on anyone who does not follow the law, everything from speeding to drunk driving all in honor of fallen Trooper Kyle Deatherage.
Troopers say a truck driver who failed to yield struck him one year ago. He left behind a wife and two young children.
Trooper Deatherage's brother, Kenny, says he thinks the initiative is special, and has a message for all those hitting the roads this holiday weekend.
"I just want people to be mindful of their driving this holiday season and all the time and don't have any regrets tell your loved ones how much you love them, how much that they mean to you, and we just continue to thank our entire support system, and everyone who helped us, and helped our family along the way," said Deatherage.
Operation Kyle will wrap up Wednesday morning but police will continue to heavily monitor Illinois roads until December 1, the peak of holiday travel.