The ISP Memorial is located on the east side of Indianapolis, just off Post Road at I-70. Visitors are welcome to visit and may sign in at the front desk Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Remembrance Walk leads to the ISP Memorial and eternal flame. Inscribed on three black granite tablets are the names of Indiana State Police personnel killed in the line of duty. The sound of Taps echoes every hour from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm through a grove of trees surrounding the memorial site. On memorial stones at every Indiana State Police post throughout the state are the following words:
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.
- adapted from For the Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon, September 21, 1914
For information on how you can support the maintenance of the Memorial, and help keep alive the memory of those we have lost, please visit our ISP Memorial License Plate page.
For a list of the dates and time of the annual ISP District Memorial Services, please visit our Memorial Services page.
Our Fallen Heroes is a graphic of all ISP personnel who have given their lives in the service of the citizens of Indiana, overlaid on a map of the state.
Below are listed all of ISP's Fallen. Clicking on their photo or name will open a page dedicated that individual, with additional photos and information.
Following a tip that Dillinger gang member Edward Shouse would be at the Frances Hotel in Paris, Illinois, Trooper Teague was waiting nearby in his patrol car. When Shouse and two female accomplices arrived at the hotel, Trooper Teague struck the Shouse's car with his vehicle. As Shouse attempted to escape, a gun battle ensued and Trooper Teague was killed in the crossfire.
Following the robbery of the Goodland State Bank in Goodland, police from all corners of Indiana were taking part in a manhunt for the Brady Gang. Trooper Minneman and Deputy Sheriff Elmer Craig had stopped to investigate the occupants of a car parked along the road when another car approached and began shooting at them. Trooper Minneman and Deputy Craig pursued the vehicle, but lost sight of it. When the officers reached an intersection, Trooper Minneman opened his door attempting to look for tire marks and was shot by an automatic rifle fired by one of the suspects. Trooper Minneman died two days later from his wounds.
Trooper Dixon stopped to assist two young men with a disabled vehicle. As he approached the vehicle and asked who owned the car, one of the men, who were both members of the Easton Gang, shot Dixon in the hand. Reaching for his gun to return fire, more gunfire erupted and Trooper Dixon was shot. Two days later Trooper Dixon died, but not before one of the assailants had been killed and the other captured.
While on routine patrol near Paris Crossing in Jennings County, Trooper Forster's patrol car was struck by a truck towing a horse trailer. The collision, which occurred on State Road 3, resulted in his death.
While transporting an army deserter, Trooper England attempted to pass a car when the driver made a turn in front of him. Trooper England struck the vehicle and then crashed into a tree. Although the deserter was not injured, Trooper England died as a result of the accident.
While on patrol, Trooper Smith stopped a car for a traffic violation. When the driver could not produce the car's registration, the trooper asked the driver to follow him to Shelbyville. On the way to town, Trooper Smith radioed for a check on the license number, suspecting the car was stolen. Pretending to have car trouble, the suspects stopped their car and the trooper stopped his police vehicle. As he approached the suspects' vehicle, they opened fire hitting Trooper Smith three times. The trooper returned fire before crawling back into his vehicle, where he died.
Trooper Clevenger was in pursuit of a motorist when the chase led to a T-intersection. Due to the dust created by the other vehicle, Clevenger was unable to see the embankment ahead of him and struck it head-on. At the scene, investigators found the license number of the car Clevenger had pursued and were able to locate the vehicle owner, a parole violator.
Sergeant Roush was killed in an automobile crash on the south side of Indianapolis. While witnesses were only able to give investigators sketchy details about the accident, a 19-year-old driver was later charged with several traffic violations as a result of the crash.
During a manhunt, Trooper Brown observed a suspicious person hitchhiking on US 31 near Columbus, Indiana. As he was searching the suspect, Trooper Brown was shot and killed. The suspect was judged to be insane and was committed to a maximum-security facility for life.
Sergeant Miller was assigned as a spotter on a National Guard airplane during an annual Labor Day patrol. Sergeant Miller and the military pilot were killed when the plane crashed near Thorntown, Indiana.
While on patrol, Trooper Turner was called to assist a tow truck operator in removing a vehicle from a ditch. During the retrieval, Trooper Turner was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.
During a manhunt for a suspected bank robber, First Sergeant Walts died of gunshot wounds inflicted by the suspect. First Sergeant Walts’ pastor, Reverend Robert Gingery was riding with First Sergeant Walts at the time of the shooting. The suspect also shot at Rev. Gingery. The Reverend was able to use First Sergeant Walts’ shotgun to return fire and kill the suspect.
While involved in a statewide search for two gunmen who had killed a Michigan state trooper, Trooper Kellems spotted the suspects driving through Scottsburg, Indiana. After observing the car, Kellems radioed the post, stating that he had stopped the car. As Trooper Kellems approached the suspects' car, two shots were fired out, fatally wounding him.
While placing an electronic timing device on the roadway, Trooper Powell was struck by an oncoming vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
While working at the Pendleton District, Trooper Garrison was patrolling on State Road 67 when he was involved in a automobile accident. Trooper Garrison died instantly of head injuries sustained in the crash.
While en route to the town of Mitchell in response to a request for assistance, Trooper Gillespie, who was traveling at a high rate of speed with emergency lights on, was forced to leave the road when a pick-up truck slowed in front of him. Leaving the highway to avoid the truck, Trooper Gillespie swerved back on the highway to avoid another car in his path. His vehicle was then struck by another car. Trooper Gillespie died as a result of his injuries.
While cleaning out his patrol car at home, Trooper Kieser heard the Charlestown Post dispatch a unit to Ramsey to investigate a drunk and disorderly complaint. Realizing he was closer, Trooper Kieser radioed that he would take the call. Arriving at the scene, Trooper Kieser spotted the suspect and ordered him to stop. Before Trooper Kieser could get out of his car, the suspect fired shots at him. Trooper Kieser was able to return fire before a bullet struck his hand knocking his gun away. Taking advantage of the situation the suspect fired more shots, killing Trooper Kieser.
While in pursuit of a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, Trooper Mills was involved in an automobile accident. The crash left Trooper Mills unconscious from November 30, 1957 until his death more than eight years later.
Working night patrol with Deputy Sheriff David Blodgett of Decatur County, Trooper Rayner stopped a car bearing a Kentucky license plate, unaware the car had been reported stolen. After Trooper Rayner questioned the two occupants, he asked them to exit the vehicle. As both got out through the driver's door, the passenger grabbed for Trooper Rayner and fired several shots at him. As Trooper Rayner fell to the ground, Deputy Blodgett returned fire, fatally wounding one suspect. Trooper Rayner died later at the hospital.
While investigating an early morning car-truck collision on I-74 in Boone County, Trooper Brown was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Trooper Brown and two others were fatally injured in the crash.
Responding to a complaint of a man firing shots at a family in a camping area in rural Franklin County, Trooper Lietzan and other police officers arrived on the scene to find the suspect in a barricaded position. As police called for the suspect to surrender, he fired several shots into the group of officers, fatally wounding Trooper Lietzan.
While on assignment at the truck weigh scales near Putnamville, Sergeant Campbell died of a heart attack during the arrest of a truck driver who had attempted to pass the weigh station.
St. John Town Marshal James Larimer and Trooper Streu responded to a report of two men in a car behind a local school. Arriving at the scene, the officers found two men who had previously committed kidnapping, robbery and auto theft. The officers handcuffed one man and took him to the patrol car for questioning when the other suspect fired through the police vehicle window, hitting Marshal Larimer. Trooper Streu fired back, hitting the suspect. He then left his gun in the front seat of the vehicle and went to aid Larimer. The handcuffed suspect in the back seat of the police vehicle picked up Streu's gun and shot him with his own revolver, killing him.
While searching for a murder suspect, Sergeant Hosier and other police officers were dispatched to a residence on a report that the suspect was hiding there. Officers surrounded the house, while Sergeant Hosier, accompanied by three other officers, entered the residence. Leading the way up the staircase, Sergeant Hosier rounded a landing and the suspect shot him at close range.
On road patrol in the Evansville District, Trooper Trees was pursuing a fleeing vehicle at a high rate of speed. During the pursuit, Trooper Trees was involved in a crash that claimed his life.
After pursuing a car on I-65 in Clark County, Trooper Meyer and Trooper Charles Nicholas had taken two subjects to jail. While the troopers were in the parking lot, a deputy advised them that one of the prisoners had escaped. Shortly after Trooper Meyer began a foot pursuit, he was found lying in the yard of a residence only a short distance from his vehicle. It was later determined Trooper Meyer had died of a heart attack.
Five days before completing one-year as a Probationary Trooper, Trooper Phillips was responding to a call for assistance from a fellow trooper who was pursuing a violator. Trooper Phillips was traveling on U.S. 20 when his patrol car crested a hill and collided with semi-tractor trailer making an illegal U-turn. Trooper Phillips died at the scene.
While responding to a request for assistance from the Markleville Town Marshal, Trooper Jones was traveling at a high rate of speed with emergency lights on when a car pulled in front of him. Trooper Jones swerved to avoid the car in his path when his vehicle struck a tree, killing him on impact.
On routine patrol, Trooper Lather responded to a call for assistance from a Howard County Sheriff's Deputy who was in pursuit of a vehicle traveling at speeds in excess of 95 miles per hour. While attempting to slow the fleeing vehicle, Trooper Lather pulled in front of the car and was killed when the speeding vehicle ran into his police car.
While attempting to serve a warrant at the residence of a known drug dealer, Trooper Bailey's weapon accidentally discharged, fatally wounding him.
Sergeant Hatfull, along with other state police officers, responded to the residence of a suicidal subject in Posey County. As Sergeant Hatfull led the Emergency Response Team into the residence, he was shot and fatally wounded by the subject.
While on routine patrol in Marion County, Master Trooper Greene stopped to question two male subjects stopped along Interstate 65. After checking with the post, he learned the men were wanted. As Master Trooper Greene was handcuffing one suspect, the other suspect shot and killed him.
Trooper Burman responded to a call for assistance with a disorderly subject in the town of Camden located in Carroll County. When officer's attempts at negotiation failed, the subject retreated into his residence. As the officers entered the house, they were met by the subject's resistant wife, while he fled down a hall in search of a gun. As Trooper Burman entered the room where the suspect was waiting, he was shot at close range with a high powered rifle.
While patrolling US 30 near Plymouth, Master Motor Carrier Inspector Ralph Reed stopped to inspect a semi-tractor trailer. As Inspector Reed walked around the tractor-trailer, an on-coming semi tractor-trailer hauling cattle struck and killed him. Inspector Reed was the first Indiana State Police motor carrier inspector to be killed in the line of duty.
While traveling from the Indianapolis Laboratory to the Lowell Laboratory on a training assignment, Supervisor Epperson slid on icy Interstate 65 and collided with a semi-tractor trailer illegally parked on the berm. The impact of the crash killed Supervisor Epperson instantly.
While patrolling I-74 in Decatur County, Trooper Winzenread stopped to assist a motorist who had run out of gas. Returning to the stranded vehicle after getting gas, Trooper Winzenread exited his patrol car and was struck by an oncoming semi-tractor trailer. Trooper Winzenread died at the scene.
On March 31, 1998, Senior Trooper James Patrick Bartram was en route eastbound on State Road 144 in Morgan County, when he observed a violator. As he was pursuing the speeding vehicle, Senior Trooper Bartram attempted to avoid a car that pulled into his path and slid into an oncoming pickup truck. Senior Trooper Bartram, along with the driver and passenger of the other vehicle, lost their lives in the crash.
While on routine patrol, Master Trooper Deuter stopped a motorist on the Indiana Toll Road in LaGrange County. While standing beside the driver's side door, a westbound semi-tractor trailer struck and killed him.
In the final days of his field training, Trooper Gaston was conducting a traffic stop with field training officer Senior Trooper Bradley Kaizer. During the stop on the Indiana Toll Road in St. Joseph County, a westbound semi-tractor trailer drove off the roadway and struck the troopers' vehicle, killing Trooper Gaston and two people in another car.
While on patrol in Adams County, Trooper Elson stopped a pickup truck on US 27 in the city of Decatur. As Trooper Elson exited his patrol car, the driver of the truck opened fire with an automatic assault rifle. Trooper Elson was pronounced dead at the scene.
While patrolling southeastern Kosciusko County, Trooper Beal stopped to assist a wrecker operator, who was pulling a car out of a ditch. As the two men worked along side State Road 14, the driver of a passing vehicle lost control of her car on the icy roadway striking the wrecker and the state trooper. Trooper Beal died from his injuries three days later.
While patrolling Interstate 80 in Lake County, Trooper Patrick was dispatched to a call of a disabled vehicle. Locating the vehicle, Trooper Patrick made contact with the driver who was walking away from the car. The driver opened fire killing Trooper Patrick.
While participating in a bicycle ride to honor fallen police officers, Lieutenant Gary Dudley and retired Lake County Sheriff's Department Chief of Police Gary Martin were killed when a box truck struck the riders' support vehicle shoving the support vehicle into the group of cyclists. Lieutenant Dudley and Chief Martin died at the scene of the crash on State Road 63 in Vermillion County. A third cyclist, retired Indianapolis Police Officer Spencer Moore was injured in the crash.
Master Trooper Detective David E. Rich stopped to assist a stranded motorist on US 24, one mile west of Wabash, Indiana. The motorist shot Master Trooper Detective Rich and then killed himself. The suspect was driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen from Gaylord, Michigan the previous day.
Trooper Daniel Barrett died while attempting to catch a speeding motorist. His car left the roadway and struck a tree on US 31.
Master/MCI Robert Pitcher was transporting power brake testing equipment on I 70 in Wayne County to a special enforcement project in the Lowell District. His vehicle left the right side of the roadway striking a guardrail. The impact sent the vehicle across the median where it collided head-on with a semi-tractor trailer. Master/MCI Pitcher died at the scene of the crash.
On October 11, 2019, Trooper Peter R. Stephan was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Old State Road 25, in Tippecanoe County, while responding to assist another Indiana State Trooper who was holding several suspects at gunpoint. His vehicle left the roadway as he entered a curve and overturned before striking a utility pole. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.