Troopers stand in formation as the roll call of fallen is read at Thursday's Indiana State Police memorial service at the Versailles Post.
(Versailles, Ind.) - Indiana State Police at the Versailles Post held their annual memorial service Thursday.
The event pays tribute to the lives of state police troopers and other employees lost in the line of duty.
The widow of Trooper William Rayner was among those there. Rayner was a Versailles District trooper who was killed in December 1966.
Rayner’s name was among the fallen troopers read by ISP Area IV Commander Capt. Steve Priest and Versailles District Commander Lt. Marty McKinney.
A total of 46 Indiana State Police employees have lost their lives in the line of duty since the Department was formed in 1933. Five of those troopers have belonged to the Versailles District of the state police: George A. Forster, Earl L. Brown, Robert C. Gillespie, Andrew P. Winzenread, and Rayner.
“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,” said ISP Sgt. Noel Houze.
ISP Superintendent Doug Carter also appeared at the ceremony.