Asmussen: Trooper's action still being recognized

Asmussen: Trooper's action still being recognized

Brian Scott wasn’t looking for attention. Or for glory. He was just doing his job.

What else would you expect from the former Illinois offensive lineman?

Doing his job meant helping save the life of an Illinois student.

During a nasty March 2013 snowstorm, the Illinois State Trooper was finishing up a long shift when he came to the aide of Ethan Asofsky, who was trapped under a car. Using his football strength, Scott and two others lifted the car off Asofsky and he was pulled free.

The story brought Scott plenty of positive pub at the time.

“It was pretty surreal at first,” Scott said. “It was really humbling.”

And it keeps bringing him positive attention.

Today at Chatham Glenwood High School, Scott will be given the department’s Medal of Honor. It is the second-highest honor a trooper can receive. The trooper version of the Oscars. Or the Heisman Trophy.

Though the incident happened more than 16 months ago, Scott has a vivid memory of the day and his role in it.

“While (Asofsky) was trapped under there, he kept yelling that he couldn’t breathe,” Scott said. “It wasn’t going to be long before he was completely out of air.”

His trooper training kicked in. He was taught to be prepared for anything.

“You never know what’s going to happen out there,” Scott said,

Scott stays in touch with Asofsky, who works at ESPN in Bristol, Conn.

“He’s doing really well,” Scott said.

Scott will be in full dress uniform for the ceremony. His family will be there, and so will dignitaries from the state. It is a big deal.

A trooper for 13 years, Scott said the incident “is by far the craziest thing that has ever happened to me out there.”

“I’ve seen accidents happen before,” he said, “but I’ve never had to actually rescue somebody in that fashion.”

Scott isn’t in the same shape as he was during his Illinois playing days, but he is sure his football training helped when Asofsky needed him.

So hats off to Jim Zielinski, Greg Scanlan and Pat Moorer, Scott’s strength coaches at Illinois.

Scott isn’t involved in football these days. His time commitment as a state trooper doesn’t allow it. Maybe someday. Scott is about to take a new position as a traffic crash reconstructionist.

Scott will be working out of offices in Decatur and Springfield. He lives in Tolono with wife Stacey and sons Caden, Camrin and Charlie.

“Things are really good,” Scott said.

Scott attends some Illinois games, working on-field security. He remains a fan.

Scott came to Illinois in 1995 as an invited walk-on by then-coach Lou Tepper. He remained with the team when Ron Turner took over and earned a scholarship.

Not long after graduation, he went to work as a state trooper.

Bob Asmussen just finished his 25th year at The News-Gazette. He can be reached at 217-351-5233 or by email at

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