The Indiana State Police-Versailles Post will conduct its annual memorial service on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the post.
Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, public information officer for the Versailles Post, says that since 1933, forty-six Indiana State Police employees have died in the line of duty. He says that five troopers from the Versailles District were among them. Wheeles says that troopers, as well as other law enforcement officers from the area, will gather Wednesday to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Those being honored include:
Trooper George A. Forster, died May 17, 1941, in an automobile crash on State Road 3 near Paris Crossing in Jennings County.
Trooper Earl L. Brown, died August 31, 1955, after being shot by a suspicious person who was walking on the old US 31 (State Road 11) near Columbus in Bartholomew County.
Trooper Robert C. Gillespie, died June 8, 1962, in an automobile crash while en route to a call for assistance in the town of Mitchell.
Trooper William R. Rayner, died December 18, 1966, after being shot by a suspect in a stolen vehicle in Decatur County.
Trooper Andrew P. Winzenread, died April 25, 1997, after being struck by a semi-tractor trailer after stopping to assist a disabled motorist on I-74 in Decatur County.
Wednesday’s service is expected to last approximately 30 minutes.