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Funeral held for St. Louis County police officer killed in Illinois crash

Ellis is survived by his wife and five children.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — The funeral for a St. Louis County police officer killed in a crash in Illinois was held Monday morning.

James ‘Mitch’ Ellis Jr., 49, died on Oct. 10 from his injuries in a crash when a driver passing another car hit his car head-on.

‘Today we say goodbye to Officer Mitch Ellis. Our hearts are heavy but we know you’re in a better place. Thank you for your dedicated service,’ The St. Louis County Police Department shared on Twitter.

Ellis is survived by his wife and five children.

He joined the department in January 2011 and was most recently assigned to the Division of Patrol, City of Jennings Precinct. In 2012, he earned a ‘Lifesaving Award’ for performing CPR on an unresponsive man.

Ellis was an active duty United States Marine from November 1992 to August 1996. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 2001 to 2005. He was deployed to Iraq as a squad leader from January to November 2011.

BackStoppers is assisting Ellis Jr’s family.

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