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Remembering fallen Idaho Trooper Linda Huff 22 years after her death

Huff was 33 years old when she was shot and killed, leaving behind three children and her husband. She served as a trooper for 1 year and 2 months.

Editor's note: Above video was taken during memorial for Huff in June of 2018 

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Wednesday marks 22 years since the death of an Idaho State Trooper rocked North Idaho.

Trooper Linda Huff was shot in the line of duty in Coeur d’Alene.

In 2018, troopers and members of the public gathered for a memorial to remember her sacrifice with roses.

"She was a true professional. And she was good at what she did. She loved to smile, she loved to laugh," said ISP Captain Verne Hancock.

In June of 1998, Huff was killed in a shootout with a suspect behind ISP District 1 headquarters in Coeur d’Alene. She was shot 17 times but managed to shoot at the suspect and hit him twice in the shoulder and throat.

Huff was pronounced dead the scene.

The suspect was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder of a police officer and commission of a felony with a deadly weapon, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. He was sentenced to life without parole.

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Huff was 33 years old when she died, leaving behind three children and husband Chad Huff, who also served as an ISP trooper. Chad Huff now serves as Payette County Sheriff.

Trooper Linda Huff served with the Idaho State Police for 1 year and 2 months, according to ODMP. In 2005, she was posthumously awarded the first Idaho Law Enforcement and Firefighting Medal of Honor.

"As the sun breaks over Canfield Mtn we are blessed to remember our friend and fellow Trooper Linda Huff today. She was taken from us far too early but she is never forgotten," Idaho State Police wrote on Wednesday. 

Coeur d’Alene is a community that recently experienced what it’s like to have an officer die in the line of duty. In 2015, Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore was also shot in the line of duty.

In May of 2018, the “K27 Memorial” was unveiled in his honor.

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