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“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.”
Those are the words etched on the memorial stones at every Indiana State Police facility throughout the state. On the reverse side of those stones are etched the names of 45 Indiana State Police employees who have given their lives in service to the citizens of Indiana. That number includes 43 troopers, a Motor Carrier Inspector, and a DNA analyst. Whether they were killed in a traffic crash, plane crash, by a heart attack, or killed in a violent assault, each was a hard working individual who believed in what they were doing and were steadfast in their dedication to serving the citizens of Indiana.
The Indiana State Police was just in its infancy when its first trooper was killed in the line of duty. On December 21, 1933, following a tip that Dillinger gang member Edward Shouse would be at the Frances Hotel in Paris, IL to plan a bank robbery, several members of the Indiana State Police, including Trooper Eugene Teague, along with Illinois police officers were waiting for Shouse. When Shouse and two female accomplices arrived at the hotel, Trooper Teague struck Shouse's car with his vehicle. As Shouse attempted to escape, a gun battle ensued and Trooper Teague was killed in the crossfire.
Most recently, Trooper Daniel Barrett of the Peru District was killed January 27, 2008 in a crash as he attempted to catch up to a traffic violator on U.S. 31 in Fulton County. Trooper Barrett was just 25 years old when he died and had been with the Indiana State Police less than one year.
Since the early days of the Indiana State Police a memorial service has 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 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.