Indiana State Police make a priority of remembering, and honoring, officers who died enforcing the laws of Indiana. Tuesday troopers paused for a moment of silence to remember their fallen brethren at a memorial service at the State Police post in lowell.
Federal, state and local law enforcement members, such as Senior Trooper Daniel Avitia, and their families remember fallen colleagues there. “I feel that’s its necessary, and it’s a remembrance, that it’s the least that we can do to pay homage to their sacrifice, that they gave their lives to protect the citizens of Indiana.”
District Coordinator for Indiana State Police Scott Fleming says they pay homage to nearly fifty officers killed in the line of duty since 1935. “It’s always a privilege to pay homage to those individuals who’ve come before us and who have died protecting the citizens of the state of Indiana.”
Members of the department remember the fallen with prayers and thoughts of why they are personally important.
Master Trooper Russell Hayes says the memorial service isn’t only for law enforcement but families who lost love ones.
“It’s for the families and to always remember their service to the State of Indiana.”
Some people have been gathering once a year for a very long time, some for decades. Police departments throughout Northwest Indiana will host ceremonies this week to remember officers who died in the line of duty.