Highland Park Hockey Team Hosts Fundraiser To Honor Fallen State Trooper

Bernie Tafoya
September 20, 2019 - 4:21 pm

(Highland Park High School Giants Hockey Association)

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HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A north shore high school hockey team has planned a fundraiser for next weekend to benefit the family of a state trooper killed by a driver running off the road this year.

The Highland Park High School Giants Hockey team has already raised more than $10,000 dollars on a GoFundMe page for the family of State Trooper Chris Lambert, who was killed by a reckless driver in January. 

Next Saturday’s fundraiser will not just be to raise money. According to Larry Elbaum, parent of a player and vice president of the hockey club’s association, the event will also be to raise awareness of Scott’s Law.

Chris Lambert leaves behind two children and his wife. (Highland Park High School Giants Hockey Association)

Elbaum said Halley Lambert wanted to be sure that was a big part of the event.

Scott’s Law, in Illinois, requires that any motorist who sees any vehicle on the side of the road with its lights flashing, should move over a lane or, if there’s no way to move over, to slow down.

“We can all relate to that family from Pekin who was not in their own town, was on the road and that was having some car trouble and, I’m sure they were super appreciative that Officer Lambert had stopped to help them," Elbaum said. 

Elbaum said the Highland Park High School hockey team saw the wreckage on the Tri-State Tollway in January as it was headed to a game.

Later, players and parents learned more details about Lambert: He was an Army veteran, had lived in Highland Park and left behind a wife and two children. Also, the family the trooper was helping was a youth hockey family.

The fundraiser next on Sept. 28 is from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Centennial Ice Arena in Highland Park.

Besides there being open skating with players, people will be able to buy raffle tickets, listen to a DJ play music, and take part in an auction, including for four prime seats to a Chicago Blackhawks game.