ISP Honors Fallen Officers
Above: ISP North Zone Investigations Captain Robert J. Rich talks about his brother, David, who was killed in the line of duty in 2007, during an annual police memorial ceremony.
May 14, 2014—By Sarah Holst–Indiana State Police Troopers gathered outside the Lowell headquarters Tuesday morning to continue a somber tradition. Each May, State Police honor their fellow officers who have died in the line of duty by reading the names of the fallen and placing a red, white, and blue wreath at the entrance to the police post. Since the department was formed in 1933, across the state 46 troopers have died while serving their communities. One of the names read was David Rich, a 19 year veteran of the Indiana State Police force who was shot while assisting a stranded motorist. His brother Robert attended the ceremony.
“The way he was killed, helping someone or thinking he was helping someone was exactly how he lived his life.” said Robert of his brother David.
Robert J. Rich also works for the Indiana State Police, and currently serves as North Zone Investigations Captain. He says the ceremony is meant to honor the dead, and enlighten the living.
“It gives everyone here, just the opportunity to see what kind of work and what kind of heroics our folks have actually done,” said Rich. “Especially the younger troopers who maybe haven’t lived through having a classmate or a friend or a relative get killed in the line of duty, how serious it really is out here on the road and the importance of what we’re doing.”
This year’s ceremony also honored a police K-9, Kilo, who was shot and killed while protecting human officers in southern Indiana last June.
President Barack Obama and Indiana Governor Mike Pence have each ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff Thursday, May 15 in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day, which honors federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.