‘I appreciate you’: Illinois State Trooper thanks tanker truck driver in heartfelt post

Big rig powerful professional industrial blue bonnet semi truck for long haul delivery commercial cargo going with refrigerator semi trailer on the summer road with forest and meadows on the sides

In a heartwarming Facebook post, Illinois State Trooper Tracy Lillard, A.K.A. “Trooper Tracy,”  took time to thank a professional tanker truck driver for their safe driving recently.

Her post, which has been shared over 1,000 times, reads:

Dear Fuel Hauler,

I saw you on I-74 coming up behind me.  You moved over when I was merging back onto the road from the shoulder of the ramp. As you passed me I saw you were a fuel tanker. You had your blinker on to move back into the driving lane in front of me and I flashed my headlights at you.

You safely moved in, flashing your lights back at me.

A warm trucker hug. That’s what that means to me. I grew up with an appreciation of truck drivers as my dad has driven a semi since before I was born.

I followed you from Downs, through Bloomington-Normal and on up I-39 on my way to Olgesby. You pulled off at Wenona, about 20 miles before I exited. I highly doubt you realized I was a state trooper. I was in an unmarked silver squad.

I saw the trucking company you were hauling for was out of Sullivan, IL. That’s near my stomping grounds. You had some sweet smoke stacks on your truck.

I felt safe traveling near you on the roadway. I think I passed you once due to traffic, but I seemed to just stay behind and enjoy the drive. You moved over for other merging traffic. You used your blinker, obeyed the speed limit, and respected driver’s following distance.

I was on the interstates traveling to a college to visit and before I left the house my daughters told me “Be Safe Mom”. It’s people like you that make me happy to be a state trooper. I assume you have a family at home too that you want to return safely to at the end of your work day.

You showed several true signs of a great driver. I felt comfortable sharing the road with you…and that’s why I chose to fall in behind you and take in the scenery and listen to the radio.

You have a huge responsibility as a trucker hauling fuel.

Your placard read 1203 🔥.  I hope others recognize that placard and type of tanker you pull and the importance of driving safe around such vehicles.

I appreciate you and applaud your driving I witnessed.  I may be in Recruitment now, but I will always continue to shout out the drivers with the great behavior I see.

Well done Sir. Well done.


Trooper Tracy

The tanker driver, Dan Fehr, commented on her post the next day.

“Trooper Tracy, wow I appreciate the compliment and thanks for what you do, I remember a silver 4 wheeler following me yesterday,” he commented with a photo of his shiny fuel tanker, decked out with some sweet smoke stacks.