“We can’t forget our past,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin after a service Wednesday morning at the Sellersburg ISP post to memorialize the 46 troopers who were killed in the line of duty since the agency was founded in 1933.
Similar memorial services are being held at every ISP post across the state.
During the service about 70 law enforcement officers stood in formation as each name of the departed troopers was read aloud, as well as their time with the agency and how they were killed.
“This is not about the men and women wearing the uniform today,” Goodin said. “This is about the men and women who lost their lives and about their families who are still here having to grieve.”
He said the services take place each year to serve as a memorial of the fallen troopers and as a reminder to the families that they are still part of the law enforcement family.
“We are here to show those families, even though it has been that many years, that we are still here,” Goodin said. “We never forgot their family member who gave their life, and we support them. We are just like a big family.”
Goodin said a continual memorial service is appropriate for the law enforcement community because the fellow officers form deep bonds during their times of service.
“Most of the troopers here at the post and most police officers are very close friends, and the reason why is because they spend hours every day together,” Goodin said. “They become more like family than friends. So, it doesn’t really matter if they are lost in the line of duty or not the line of duty, it still hurts the same and you still feel the same pain.”
After the names of the fallen troopers were read, two Silver Creek High School students, Nick Durham and Patrick Sellers, played “Taps” in the open area in front of the ISP post where the ceremony was held.