The Indiana State Police Lowell Post held its annual memorial service today to remember those ISP employees who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Troopers were brought to attention and the Indiana State Police Honor Guard presented the colors. Roll call of the fallen was read by Area Captain Ed Schroder and acting District Commander, First Sergeant Terrance Weems. After the service, troopers and other attendees enjoyed a luncheon provided by the Indiana State Police Alliance, Larry Fagaris of Rodini’s in Michigan City and fellowship at the post.
Guests at the service included the family of fallen Indiana State Trooper Scott Patrick, who was killed in the line of duty on December 22, 2003, as well as several Indiana State Police retirees. After the luncheon, the retirees and active troopers were able to mingle and share memories from their careers.
A total of 46 Indiana State Police employees have lost their lives in the line of duty since the Department was formed in 1933. Since the early days of the Indiana State Police, memorial services have been held each May at all Indiana State Police districts to perpetuate the memory of those who have died in the line of duty.
The service serves as a means of paying tribute to those who died in the line of duty, that their sacrifice was not made in vain, and as a reminder to those of us left behind that we should strive to maintain the level of professional service to the public our departed comrades so unselfishly gave their lives for.
For a complete listing of Indiana Troopers killed in the line of duty and a summary of their deaths, visit the Indiana State Police website at www.in.gov/isp and click on the “In Memoriam” link on the left side of the page.