Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills, who attended the ceremony with other FCSD officers, said it’s important to recognize fallen officers, no matter which badge they wore.
“It doesn’t matter whether it is a blue uniform, or a state police uniform, or a marshal or a town or a county, we are out there to serve the public and to create an atmosphere that is safe for everyone to live,” Mills said.
He said the annual memorial service at the ISP post impresses upon officers and civilians how easily the life of an active officer of the law can be taken away.
“It’s a reminder that we live a delicate day-to-day life, and it can be taken at any given time, whether it be through some criminal element or a traffic accident,” Mills said. “With the nature of the duties that we do, it’s unfortunate that sometimes you lose your life to this profession, so we like to honor and respect those that put their lives forward and to recognize that once a year is a great thing to do and keeps the memory of those people with us.”
At the end of the ceremony, time was also taken to recognize former ISP Trooper David Scott, who died of a heart attack in 2012 while off duty at the age of 39.
Scott played an essential role on the Combined Accident Reconstruction Team, or CART, which includes officers from ISP, New Albany City Police and Floyd County Sheriff’s Department.
In remembrance of Scott, Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson, Mills and others saw that his name was added to the side of a new CART van, which was revealed during the ceremony.
“Dave [Scott] was one of the founding members, and any time we are trying to get something off the ground it takes that extra energy and foresight, and he was one of those guys,” Henderson said. “He was always calm, cool and collected, a professional. He was very dedicated to seeing this come to fruition for accident reconstruction in our area to be ratcheted up a notch, and he was part of that.”