Press release from Indiana State Police
Indiana State Police troopers honor fallen
troopers during a memorial service at the
Versailles Post Thursday.
(Versailles, Ind.) - The Indiana State Police Versailles Post held their annual memorial service today to honor those members of the department who gave their lives in the line of duty. 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.
Troopers were brought to attention and prepared for roll call by First Sergeant Raymond Otter. Indiana State Police Area IV Commander, Captain Steve Priest along with Versailles District Commander, Lieutenant Marty McKinney made the roll call by reading the names of those members of the Indiana State Police who have died in the line of duty along with the circumstances surrounding their deaths. Following the roll call, Taps was played by South Ripley High School student, Zach Raab.
Attendees included Versailles District personnel, ISP General Headquarters personnel, local elected officials, and ISP retirees. Also in attendance was Rheadawn Rayner-Metz, widow of Trooper William R. Rayner of the Versailles Post who was killed in the line of duty December 18, 1966.
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. For a complete listing of Indiana Troopers killed in the line of duty and a summary of their deaths, visit the Indiana State Police website at www.in.gov/isp and click on the “In Memoriam” link on the left side of the page.