PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – On Friday the Indiana State Police Post at Putnamville held their annual memorial service to honor those members of the department who gave their lives in the line of duty.
A total of 46 members of the Indiana State Police, both men and women, have died in the line duty since the department’s inception in 1933.
Troopers were brought to attention and prepared for roll call by Putnamville District Assistant Commander First Sergeant Matt Mischler.
Lieutenant Dan Jones, Commander of the Putnamville District, read each fallen member’s name along with a description of the circumstances surrounding their death.
After reading the names of the fallen officers, Trooper Ian Portteus, assigned to the Putnamville Post, played “Taps”.
The ceremony concluded with bagpipes instrumentalist Lucas Cody playing “Amazing Grace” and the closing benediction given by Indiana State Police Associate Chaplain John Lefler.