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Trooper remembered as a hero.

Byline: Bob Susnjara

Illinois State Police Trooper Christopher Lambert was remembered at his funeral Friday as a hero who believed in helping others, a family man, and someone who could have fun with colleagues even when he worked on a special drug-enforcement unit in Lake County.

Scores of state troopers and law enforcement personnel from across Illinois and the United States attended Lambert's Catholic funeral Mass at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, state police Director Leo Schmitz and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul were among state officials who attended.

Lambert, a five-year veteran of Illinois State Police District 15, was struck and killed by a vehicle on a snowy late afternoon Jan. 12 after he stopped to assist people involved in a three-car crash on I-294 near Willow Road. The 34-year-old trooper was off duty and on his way home to Highland Park.

Pritzker offered what he said might be "inadequate" words of comfort to Lambert's widow, Halley, who held the couple's 1-year-old daughter, Delaney. Pritzker spoke toward the end of the Mass and drew on his experience of being 7 years old when his father died.

"There will come a day when the memory of Chris will be like a cool breeze inside, comforting and gentle," Pritzker said. "There will be a moment sometime in the future when you think of him and laugh at an old joke you shared and smile at the thought of his smile."

Libertyville police officer Brandon Bernabei became close to Lambert when they were partners for most of last year on the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group, an elite regional unit that works on drug-related cases.

Bernabei remembered how the man nicknamed

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Jan 19, 2019
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