2011-05-24 / Front Page

Indiana State Police Putnamville Post Holds ‘11 Memorial Service


Captain Mike Eslinger and Lieutenant Dan Jones read the names of the fallen as members of the Putnamville Honor Guard, background, left to right, stand at attention. (Courtesy Photo) Captain Mike Eslinger and Lieutenant Dan Jones read the names of the fallen as members of the Putnamville Honor Guard, background, left to right, stand at attention. (Courtesy Photo) The Indiana State Police Post at Putnamville recently held its annual memorial service to honor those members of the department who gave their lives in the line of duty. This was the first memorial service since the merger of the former Terre Haute Post into the Putnamville Post. The merger has since formed a newer and larger district comprised of Parke, Vermillion, Vigo, Clay, Putnam, and Sullivan counties.

Troopers were brought to attention and prepared for roll call by Sergeant Tom Hannon. Members of the Putnamville District Honor Guard then displayed the national and state flags as Captain Dan Jones, Com- mander of the Putnamville District, read each fallen member’s name, along with a description of the circumstances surrounding their death.


Morgan Price and Haley Hourihan play Taps as Sgt. Cory Robinson salutes. (Courtesy Photo) Morgan Price and Haley Hourihan play Taps as Sgt. Cory Robinson salutes. (Courtesy Photo) After reading the names of the fallen officers, two members of the North Putnam Marching Band played “Taps”. Those band members were Haley Hourihan and Morgan Price. The ceremony concluded after a prayer was given by Indiana State Police Chaplain Fr. Daniel Coffey.

Members of the Putnamville Honor Guard are Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Cindy Gray, and troopers Shilo Raulston, Tim Rader, Mike Laney, and David Petrowski.

Other attendees included ISP General Headquarters personnel, former Terre Haute District and Putnamville District retirees, US Secret Service, local dignitaries, some of which were Putnam County Superior Court Judge and Retired ISP Sergeant Denny Bridges, Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter, Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger, Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse and Assistant Chief Marc Eldred.

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.

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.

Complete listing of Indiana Troopers killed in the line of duty and a summary of their deaths, visit the Indiana State Police website at http://www. in.gov/isp and click on the “In Memoriam” link on the left side of the page.

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