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In Memoriam

ISP Fallen Heroes

In 2008, the ISPA purchased memorial stones for every Indiana State Police post throughout the state. Each memorial stone has the names of all of the officers who have died in the line-of-duty inscribed on it. The purpose of the stone is to preserve their memory. The stones also bear this inscription:

"As we that are left behind grow old they shall not grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM."

Each May, at every Indiana State Police post throughout the state, a memorial service is held to honor and pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Below is a list of those heroes.

1933

  • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1933
    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1933

    TROOPER EUGENE TEAGUE

    Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
    Appointed: June 1, 1933
    District: General Headquarters - Indianapolis
    Deceased: December 20, 1933

    Following a tip that Dillinger gang member Edward Shouse would be at the Frances Hotel in Paris, Illinois, Trooper Teague was waiting nearby in his patrol car. When Shouse and two female accomplices arrived at the hotel, Trooper Teague struck the Shouse's car with his vehicle. As Shouse attempted to escape, a gun battle ensued and Trooper Teague was killed in the crossfire.

1937

  • THURSDAY, MAY 27, 1937
    THURSDAY, MAY 27, 1937

    TROOPER PAUL V. MINNEMAN

    Hometown: Logansport, Indiana
    Appointed: September 1, 1935
    District: Lafayette
    Life: January 27, 1904 - May 27, 1937 | 33 Years Old

    Following the robbery of the Goodland State Bank in Goodland, police from all corners of Indiana were taking part in a manhunt for the Brady Gang. Trooper Minneman and Deputy Sheriff Elmer Craig had stopped to investigate the occupants of a car parked along the road when another car approached and began shooting at them. Trooper Minneman and Deputy Craig pursued the vehicle, but lost sight of it. When the officers reached an intersection, Trooper Minneman opened his door attempting to look for tiremarks and was shot by an automatic rifle fired by one of the suspects. Trooper Minneman died two days later from his wounds.

1938

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 1938
    TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 1938

    TROOPER WILLIAM R. DIXON

    Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
    Appointed: September 1, 1935
    District: Dunes Park
    Life: February 9, 1910 - June 28, 1938 | 28 Years Old

    Trooper Dixon stopped to assist two young men with a disabled vehicle. As he approached the vehicle and asked who owned the car, one of the men, who were both members of the Easton Gang, shot Dixon in the hand. Reaching for his gun to return fire, more gunfire erupted and Trooper Dixon was shot. Two days later Trooper Dixon died, but not before one of the assailants had been killed and the other captured.

1941

  • SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1941
    SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1941

    TROOPER GEORGE A. FORSTER

    Hometown: Seymour, Indiana
    Appointed: September 1, 1938
    District: Seymour
    Life: January 1, 1916 - May 17, 1941 | 25 Years Old

    While on routine patrol near Paris Crossing in Jennings County, Trooper Forster's patrol car was struck by a truck towing a horse trailer. The collision, which occurred on State Road 3, resulted in his death.

1942

  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 1942
    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 1942

    TROOPER RICHARD F. ENGLAND

    Hometown: Columbia City, Indiana
    Appointed: January 20, 1936
    District: Ligonier
    Life: August 1, 1911 - April 22, 1942 | 30 Years Old

    While transporting an army deserter, Trooper England attempted to pass a car when the driver made a turn in front of him. Trooper England struck the vehicle and then crashed into a tree. Although the deserter was not injured, Trooper England died as a result of the accident.

1946

  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1946
    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1946

    TROOPER HERBERT W. SMITH

    Hometown: Shelbyville, Indiana
    Appointed: November 2, 1942
    District: Connersville
    Life: July 29, 1917 - December 5, 1946 | 29 Years Old

    While on patrol, Trooper Smith stopped a car for a traffic violation. When the driver could not produce the car's registration, the trooper asked the driver to follow him to Shelbyville. On the way to town, Trooper Smith radioed for a check on the license number, suspecting the car was stolen. Pretending to have car trouble, the suspects stopped their car and the trooper stopped his police vehicle. As he approached the suspects' vehicle, they opened fire hitting Trooper Smith three times. The trooper returned fire before crawling back into his vehicle, where he died.

1953

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1953
    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1953

    TROOPER ROBERT E. CLEVENGER

    Hometown: Centerville, Indiana
    Appointed: September 1, 1952
    District: Connersville
    Life: March 7, 1931 - September 8, 1953 | 22 Years Old

    Trooper Clevenger was in pursuit of a motorist when the chase led to a T-intersection. Due to the dust created by the other vehicle, Clevenger was unable to see the embankment ahead of him and struck it head-on. At the scene, investigators found the license number of the car Clevenger had pursued and were able to locate the vehicle owner, a parole violator.

1955

  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1955
    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1955

    SERGEANT HUBERT ROUSH

    Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
    Appointed: September 1, 1952
    District: Headquarters
    Life: March 27, 1915 - January 26, 1955 | 39 Years Old

    Sergeant Roush was killed in an automobile crash on the south side of Indianapolis. While witnesses were only able to give investigators sketchy details about the accident, a 19-year-old driver was later charged with several traffic violations as a result of the crash.

  • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 1955
    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 1955

    TROOPER EARL L. BROWN

    Hometown: Columbus, Indiana
    Appointed: October 16, 1940
    District: Seymour
    Life: January 4, 1913 - August 31, 1955 | 42 Years Old

    During a manhunt, Trooper Brown observed a suspicious person hitchhiking on US 31 near Columbus, Indiana. As he was searching the suspect, Trooper Brown was shot and killed. The suspect was judged to be insane and was committed to a maximum-security facility for life.

  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1955
    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1955

    SERGEANT JOHN R. MILLER

    Hometown: Lafayette, Indiana
    Appointed: September 1, 1941
    District: Lafayette
    Life: January 2, 1920 - September 5, 1955 | 35 Years Old

    Sergeant Miller was assigned as a spotter on a National Guard airplane during an annual Labor Day patrol. Sergeant Miller and the military pilot were killed when the plane crashed near Thorntown, Indiana.

1956

  • SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 1956
    SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 1956

    TROOPER DONALD R. TURNER

    Hometown: Auburn, Indiana
    Appointed: November 1, 1946
    District: Ligonier
    Life: August 12, 1918 - January 28, 1956 | 37 Years Old

    While on patrol, Trooper Turner was called to assist a tow truck operator in removing a vehicle from a ditch. During the retrieval, Trooper Turner was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.

1957

  • MONDAY, MARCH 18, 1957
    MONDAY, MARCH 18, 1957

    FIRST SERGEANT MARVIN E. WALTS

    Hometown: New Albany, Indiana
    Appointed: September 1, 1937
    District: Charlestown
    Life: October 4, 1909 - March 18, 1957 | 47 Years Old

    During a manhunt for a suspected bank robber, First Sergeant Walts died of gunshot wounds inflicted by the suspect. Before succumbing to his injuries, Sergeant Walts was able to return fire and kill his assailant.

  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1957
    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1957

    TROOPER WILLIAM R. KELLEMS

    Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
    Appointed: November 15, 1956
    District: Charlestown
    Life: May 25, 1930 - September 30, 1957 | 27 Years Old

    While involved in a statewide search for two gunmen who had killed a Michigan state trooper, Trooper Kellems spotted the suspects driving through Scottsburg, Indiana. After observing the car, Kellems radioed the post, stating that he had stopped the car. As Trooper Kellems approached the suspects' car, two shots were fired out, fatally wounding him.

1959

  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1959
    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1959

    TROOPER JOHN H. POWELL

    Hometown: Otterbein, Indiana
    Appointed: December 1, 1954
    District: Kentland
    Life: July 2, 1931 - February 27, 1959 | 27 Years Old

    While placing an electronic timing device on the roadway, Trooper Powell was struck by an oncoming vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1959
    MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1959

    TROOPER ROBERT J. GARRISON

    Hometown: Montpelier, Indiana
    Appointed: October 1, 1955
    District: Redkey
    Life: April 29, 1932 - December 14, 1959 | 27 Years Old

    While working at the Pendleton District, Trooper Garrison was patrolling of State Road 67 when he was involved in a automobile accident. Trooper Garrison died instantly of head injuries sustained in the crash.

1962

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 1962
    FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 1962

    TROOPER ROBERT C. GILLESPIE

    Hometown: Bedford, Indiana
    Appointed: September 1, 1950
    District: Seymour
    Life: September 1, 1928 - June 8, 1962 | 33 Years Old

    While enroute to the town of Mitchell in response to a request for assistance, Trooper Gillespie, who was traveling at a high rate of speed with emergency lights on, was forced to leave the road when a pick-up truck slowed in front of him. Leaving the highway to avoid the truck, Trooper Gillespie swerved back on the highway to avoid another car in his path. His vehicle was then struck by another car. Trooper Gillespie died as a result of his injuries.

1965

  • TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 1965
    TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 1965

    TROOPER WILLIAM F. KIESER

    Hometown: Tell City, Indiana
    Appointed: March 16, 1958
    District: Seymour
    Life: February 4, 1928 - March 9, 1965 | 37 Years Old

    While cleaning out his patrol car at home, Trooper Kieser heard the Charlestown Post dispatch a unit to Ramsey to investigate a drunk and disorderly complaint. Realizing he was closer, Trooper Kieser radioed that he would take the call. Arriving at the scene, Trooper Kieser spotted the suspect and ordered him to stop. Before Trooper Kieser could get out of his car, the suspect fired shots at him. Trooper Kieser was able to return fire before a bullet struck his hand knocking his gun away. Taking advantage of the situation the suspect fired more shots, killing Trooper Kieser.

1966

  • TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 1966
    TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 1966

    TROOPER OSCAR MILLS

    Hometown: Hobart, Indiana
    Appointed: September 16, 1955
    District: Lafayette
    Life: May 24, 1930 - April 12, 1966 | 35 Years Old

    While in pursuit of a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, Trooper Mills was involved in an automobile accident. The crash left Trooper Mills unconscious from 11/30/1957 until his death more than eight years later.

  • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1966
    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1966

    TROOPER WILLIAM R. RAYNER

    Hometown: Greensburg, Indiana
    Appointed: September 1, 1957
    District: Versailles
    Life: February 2, 1936 - December 18, 1966 | 30 Years Old

    Working night patrol with Deputy Sheriff David Blodgett of Decatur County, Trooper Rayner stopped a car bearing a Kentucky license plate, unaware the car had been reported stolen. After Trooper Rayner questioned the two occupants, he asked them to exit the vehicle. As both got out through the driver's door, the passenger grabbed for Trooper Rayner and fired several shots at him. As Trooper Rayner fell to the ground, Deputy Blodgett returned fire, fatally wounding one suspect. Trooper Rayner died at the scene.

1967

  • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1967
    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1967

    TROOPER RICHARD G. BROWN

    Hometown: Lebanon, Indiana
    Appointed: May 1, 1955
    District: Lafayette
    Life: June 11, 1927 - September 27, 1967 | 40 Years Old

    While investigating an early morning car-truck collision on I-74 in Boone County, Trooper Brown was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Trooper Brown and two others were fatally injured in the crash.

1969

  • SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 1969
    SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 1969

    TROOPER ROBERT O. LIETZAN

    Hometown: Westville, Indiana
    Appointed: August 16, 1961
    District: Connersville
    Life: April 11, 1937 - March 30, 1969 | 31 Years Old

    Responding to a complaint of a man firing shots at a family in a camping area in rural Franklin County, Trooper Lietzan and other police officers arrived on the scene to find the suspect in a barricaded position. As police called for the suspect to surrender, he fired several shots into the group of officers, fatally wounding Trooper Lietzan.

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 1969
    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 1969

    SERGEANT GEORGE W. CAMPBELL

    Hometown: Brazil, Indiana
    Appointed: September 1, 1950
    District: Putnamville
    Life: July 19, 1924 - June 18, 1969 | 44 Years Old

    While on assignment at the truck weigh scales near Putnamville, Sergeant Campbell died of a heart attack during the arrest of a truck driver who had attempted to pass the weigh station.

1971

  • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1971
    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1971

    TROOPER JOHN J. STREU

    Hometown: Logansport, Indiana
    Appointed: April 16, 1970
    District: Schererville
    Life: March 4, 1945 - February 20, 1971 | 25 Years Old

    St. John Town Marshal James Larimer and Trooper Streu responded to a report of two men in a car behind a local school. Arriving at the scene, the officers found two men who had previously committed kidnapping, robbery and auto theft. The officers handcuffed one man and took him to the patrol car for questioning when the other suspect fired through the police vehicle window, hitting Marshal Larimer. Trooper Streu fired back, hitting the suspect. He then left his gun in the front seat of the vehicle and went to aid Larimer. The handcuffed suspect in the back seat of the police vehicle picked up Streu's gun and shot him with his own revolver, killing him.

  • MONDAY, APRIL 26, 1971
    MONDAY, APRIL 26, 1971

    SERGEANT GLEN R. HOSIER

    Hometown: Logansport, Indiana
    Appointed: May 1, 1955
    District: Peru
    Life: November 11, 1926 - April 26, 1971 | 44 Years Old

    While searching for a murder suspect, Sergeant Hosier and other police officers were dispatched to a residence on a report that the suspect was hiding there. Officers surrounded the house, while Sergeant Hosier, accompanied by three other officers, entered the residence. Leading the way up the staircase, Sergeant Hosier rounded a landing and the suspect shot him at close range.

1972

  • MONDAY, JUNE 26, 1972
    MONDAY, JUNE 26, 1972

    TROOPER WILLIAM J. TREES

    Hometown: Oakland City, Indiana
    Appointed: September 1, 1968
    District: Evansville
    Life: November 25, 1943 - June 26, 1972 | 28 Years Old

    On road patrol in the Evansville District, Trooper Trees was pursuing a fleeing vehicle at a high rate of speed. During the pursuit, Trooper Trees was involved in a crash that claimed his life.

1974

  • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1974
    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1974

    TROOPER LAWRENCE B. MEYER

    Hometown: Sellersburg, Indiana
    Appointed: September 1, 1968
    District: Charlestown
    Life: January 2, 1937 - February 2, 1974 | 37 Years Old

    After pursuing a car on I-65 in Clark County, Trooper Meyer and Trooper Charles Nicholas had taken two subjects to jail. While the troopers were in the parking lot, a deputy advised them that one of the prisoners had escaped. Shortly after Trooper Meyer began a foot pursuit, he was found lying in the yard of a residence only a short distance from his vehicle. It was later determined Trooper Meyer had died of a heart attack.

1975

  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 1975
    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 1975

    TROOPER LEWIS E. PHILLIPS

    Hometown: Michigan City, Indiana
    Appointed: February 27, 1973
    District: Dunes Park
    Life: January 1, 1949 - April 16, 1975 | 26 Years Old

    Five days before completing one-year as a Probationary Trooper, Trooper Phillips was responding to a call for assistance from a fellow trooper who was pursuing a violator. Trooper Phillips was traveling on U.S. 20 when his patrol car crested a hill and collided with semi-tractor trailer making an illegal U-turn. Trooper Phillips died at the scene.

1979

  • TUESDAY, JULY 3, 1979
    TUESDAY, JULY 3, 1979

    TROOPER ROY E. JONES

    Hometown: Lapel, Indiana
    Appointed: October 17, 1976
    District: Pendleton
    Life: May 5, 1948 - July 3, 1979 | 31 Years Old

    While responding to a request for assistance from the Markleville Town Marshal, Trooper Jones was traveling at a high rate of speed with emergency lights on when a car pulled in front of him. Trooper Jones swerved to avoid the car in his path when his vehicle struck a tree, killing him on impact.

1982

  • TUESDAY, JULY 6, 1982
    TUESDAY, JULY 6, 1982

    TROOPER ROBERT J. LATHER II

    Hometown: Greentown, Indiana
    Appointed: December 15, 1974
    District: Peru
    Life: December 15, 1951 - July 6, 1982 | 30 Years Old

    On routine patrol, Trooper Lather responded to a call for assistance from a Howard County Sheriff's Deputy who was in pursuit of a vehicle traveling at speeds in excess of 95 miles per hour. While attempting to slow the fleeing vehicle, Trooper Lather pulled in front of the car and was killed when the speeding vehicle ran into his police car.

1983

  • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1983
    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1983

    TROOPER STEVEN L. BAILEY

    Hometown: Richmond, Indiana
    Appointed: November 26, 1978
    District: Headquarters
    Life: October 10, 1954 - December 10, 1983 | 29 Years Old

    While attempting to serve a warrant at the residence of a known drug dealer, Trooper Bailey's weapon accidentally discharged, fatally wounding him.

1987

  • MONDAY, APRIL 13, 1987
    MONDAY, APRIL 13, 1987

    SERGEANT JOHN E. HATFULL

    Hometown: Evansville, Indiana
    Appointed: January 28, 1973
    <>i>District: Evansville
    Life: March 17, 1942 - April 13, 1987 | 45 Years Old

    Sergeant Hatfull, along with other state police officers, responded to the residence of a suicidal subject in Posey County. As Sergeant Hatfull led the Emergency Response Team into the residence, he was shot and fatally wounded by the subject.

1993

  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1993
    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1993

    MASTER TROOPER MICHAEL E. GREENE

    Hometown: Thorntown, Indiana
    Appointed: June 13, 1976
    District: Indianapolis
    Life: November 8, 1949 - February 5, 1993 | 43 Years Old

    While on routine patrol in Marion County, Master Trooper Greene stopped to question two male subjects stopped along Interstate 65. After checking with the post, he learned the men were wanted. As Master Trooper Greene was handcuffing one suspect, the other suspect shot and killed him.

  • THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1993
    THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1993

    TROOPER TODD A. BURMAN

    Hometown:Delphi, Indiana
    Appointed: December 9, 1990
    District: Lafayette
    Life:September 9, 1964 - July 29, 1993 | 28 Years Old

    Trooper Burman responded to a call for assistance with a disorderly subject in the town of Camden located in Carroll County. When officer's attempts at negotiation failed, the subject retreated into his residence. As the officers entered the house, they were met by the subject's resistant wife, while he fled down a hall in search of a gun. As Trooper Burman entered the room where the suspect was waiting, he was shot at close range with a high powered rifle.

1995

  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 1995
    THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 1995

    MASTER MOTOR CARRIER INSPECTOR RALPH R. REED, JR.

    Hometown: Plymouth, Indiana
    Appointed: April 16, 1968
    District: Bremen
    Life: May 24, 1947 - August 3, 1995 | 48 Years Old

    While patrolling US 30 near Plymouth, Master Motor Carrier Inspector Ralph Reed stopped to inspect a semi-tractor trailer. As Inspector Reed walked around the tractor-trailer, an on-coming semi tractor-trailer hauling cattle struck and killed him. Inspector Reed was the first Indiana State Police motor carrier inspector to be killed in the line of duty.

  • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1995
    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1995

    DNA SUPERVISOR KIMBERLY S. EPPERSON

    Hometown: Fountaintown, Indiana
    Appointed: February 4, 1985
    District: Headquarters
    Life: June 10, 1959 - November 16, 1995 | 36 Years Old

    While traveling from the Indianapolis Laboratory to the Lowell Laboratory on a training assignment, Supervisor Epperson slid on icy Interstate 65 and collided with a semi-tractor trailer illegally parked on the berm. The impact of the crash killed Supervisor Epperson instantly.

1997

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 1997
    FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 1997

    TROOPER ANDREW P. WINZENREAD

    Hometown: Osgood, Indiana
    Appointed: December 4, 1994
    District: Versailles
    Life: November 30, 1970 - April 25, 1997 | 26 Years Old

    While patrolling I-74 in Decatur County, Trooper Winzenread stopped to assist a motorist who had run out of gas. Returning to the stranded vehicle after getting gas, Trooper Winzenread exited his patrol car and was struck by an oncoming semi-tractor trailer. Trooper Winzenread died at the scene.

1998

  • TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998
    TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998

    SENIOR TROOPER JAMES PATRICK BARTRAM

    Hometown: Mooresville, Indiana
    Appointed: December 19, 1987
    District: Putnamville
    Life: March 14, 1961 - March 31, 1998 | 37 Years Old

    On 3/31/1998, Senior Trooper James Patrick Bartram was enroute eastbound on State Road 144 in Morgan County, when he observed a violator. As he was pursuing the speeding vehicle, Senior Trooper Bartram attempted to avoid a car that pulled into his path and slid into an oncoming pickup truck. Senior Trooper Bartram, along with the driver and passenger of the other vehicle, lost their lives in the crash.

  • THURSDAY, JULY 16, 1998
    THURSDAY, JULY 16, 1998

    MASTER TROOPER DAVID A. DEUTER

    Hometown: Angola, Indiana
    Appointed: April 1, 1972
    District: Toll Road
    Life: November 25, 1948 - July 16, 1998 | 49 Years Old

    While on routine patrol, Master Trooper Deuter stopped a motorist on the Indiana Toll Road in LaGrange County. While standing beside the driver's side door, a westbound semi-tractor trailer struck and killed him.

1999

  • THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1999
    THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1999

    TROOPER RICHARD T. GASTON

    Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
    Appointed: December 13, 1998
    District: Toll Road
    Life: December 1, 1969 - March 4, 1999 | 29 Years Old

    In the final days of his field training, Trooper Gaston was conducting a traffic stop with field training officer Senior Trooper Bradley Kaizer. During the stop on the Indiana Toll Road in St. Joseph County, a westbound semi-tractor trailer drove off the roadway and struck the troopers' vehicle, killing Trooper Gaston and two people in another car.

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 1999
    SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 1999

    TROOPER CORY R. ELSON

    Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
    Appointed: December 13, 1998
    District: Fort Wayne
    Life: September 27, 1972 - April 3, 1999 | 26 Years Old

    While on patrol in Adams County, Trooper Elson stopped a pickup truck on US 27 in the city of Decatur. As Trooper Elson exited his patrol car, the driver of the truck opened fire with an automatic assault rifle. Trooper Elson was pronounced dead at the scene.

2000

  • SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2000
    SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2000

    TROOPER JASON E. BEAL

    Hometown: Shelbyville, Indiana
    Appointed: December 13, 1998
    District: Bremen
    Life: January 16, 1975 - January 15, 2000 | 24 Years Old

    While patrolling southeastern Kosciusko County, Trooper Beal stopped to assist a wrecker operator, who was pulling a car out of a ditch. As the two men worked along side State Road 14, the driver of a passing vehicle lost control of her car on the icy roadway striking the wrecker and the state trooper. Trooper Beal died from his injuries three days later.

2003

  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2003
    MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2003

    TROOPER SCOTT A. PATRICK

    Hometown: Wheatfield, Indiana
    Appointed: June 25, 2000
    District: Lowell
    Life: September 12, 1976 - December 22, 2003 | 27 Years Old

    While patrolling Interstate 80 in Lake County, Trooper Patrick was dispatched to a call of a disabled vehicle. Locating the vehicle, Trooper Patrick made contact with the driver who was walking away from the car. The driver opened fire killing Trooper Patrick.

2006

  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2006
    TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2006

    LIEUTENANT GARY E. DUDLEY

    Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
    Appointed: December 14, 1979
    District: Headquarters
    Life: April 7, 1955 - August 22, 2006 | 51 Years Old

    While participating in a bicycle ride to honor fallen police officers, Lieutenant Gary Dudley and retired Lake County Sheriff's Department Chief of Police Gary Martin were killed when a box truck struck the riders' support vehicle shoving the support vehicle into the group of cyclists. Lieutenant Dudley and Chief Martin died at the scene of the crash on State Road 63 in Vermillion County. A third cyclist, retired Indianapolis Police Officer Spencer Moore was injured in the crash.

2007

  • THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2007
    THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2007

    MASTER TROOPER DETECTIVE DAVID E. RICH

    Hometown: Mexico, Indiana
    Appointed: November 19, 1989
    District: Peru
    Life: April 8, 1966 - July 5, 2007 | 41 Years Old

    Master Trooper Detective David E. Rich was on his way home towards the end of his shift when he stopped to assist what appeared to be a stranded motorist at the side of road on Highway 24 just east of SR 115 in Wabash County. Detective Rich approached the vehicle with his State Police ID in one hand and his police radio in the other. When M/Trp Rich approached the drivers side window the driver of vehicle shot one round from a shotgun through the window and struck M/Trp Rich in the chest fatally wounding him. The suspect wanted in Michigan for vehicle theft took his own life with a single shotgun round to the head.

2008

  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2008
    SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2008

    TROOPER DANIEL BARRETT

    Hometown: Logansport, Indiana
    Appointed: July 6, 2007
    District: Peru
    Life:October 27, 1982 - January 27, 2008 | 25 Years Old

    Trooper Barrett was attempting to catch a speeding vehicle that was traveling northbound on U.S. 31. Before Trooper Barrett was able to make contact with the speeding vehicle, for an unknown reason his fully marked state police Crown Victoria traveled off the east side of the road striking a tree at the driver's side door.

2010

  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2010
    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2010

    MASTER MOTOR CARRIER INSPECTOR ROBERT E. PITCHER

    Appointed: July 11, 1988
    District: Connersville
    Life: June 25, 1946 - September 26, 2010 | 64 Years Old

    While enroute to a motor coach inspection detail in the Lowell District, Master Motor Carrier Inspector Bob Pitcher was involved in a motor vehicle crash which claimed his life. Master Motor Carrier Inspector Pitcher is the second Indiana State Police Motor Carrier unit to be killed in the line-of-duty.

2019

  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019

    TROOPER PETER "BO" STEPHAN

    Hometown: Kokomo, IN
    Appointed: November 19, 2015
    District: Lafayette
    Life: April 1, 1992 - October 11, 2019 | 27 Years Old

    When enroute to a scene on Friday, October 11, 2019, Trooper Stephan's automobile left the roadway causing death upon impact. The accident occurred in Tippecanoe County.

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