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Indiana State Police ceremony honors troopers who died in line of duty

Roll call is performed by CaptaEdward Schroder (left) First Sergeant Terrance Weems during IndianState Police Memorial Service Lowell May 13

Roll call is performed by Captain Edward Schroder (left) and First Sergeant Terrance Weems during the Indiana State Police Memorial Service in Lowell on May 13, 2014. | Jim Karczewski/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 15, 2014 6:39AM



LOWELL — Rain puddled on their chairs and wet their clothes Tuesday, but three relatives of Trooper Scott Patrick remained seated outside the Indiana State Police post, glad he was still remembered 11 years after being killed in the line of duty.

They were among a large crowd of current and retired state troopers, municipal police officers, family members and others attending the Indiana State Police annual memorial service at the Lowell post.

“It’s a comfort to me to know Scott’s remembered,” his mother, Sandy Patrick, of Wheatfield, said. “It’s really an honor that they remember all the fallen troopers.”

Patrick said she has attended the memorial every year since her son was shot to death while attempting to help a disabled motorist at Interstate 94 and Grant Street. He was 27. With her Tuesday were Scott’s grandmother, Evelee Patrick, and sister-in-law, Amy Patrick.

Senior Trooper Danny Avitia also remembered Scott Patrick fondly.

“He was a good, quiet kid. He always had a smile,” Avitia said after the ceremony, adding that a group also goes to Patrick’s gravesite every Dec. 22, the anniversary of his death, to remember him.

During Tuesday’s ceremony, 1st Sgt. Terrance Weems read the names of all the Indiana troopers who were killed in the line of duty, giving their name, date of enlistment, and date and cause of death. Weems told those attending to consider the rain to be tears for those who had died.

“They have set the pattern that we must follow in years to come,” he said.

The ceremony also included bagpipes by Lake County Pipers & Drums, taps by state police Sgt. Brian Schnick and an invocation by chaplain Daniel Coffey.

Capt. Robert Rich, of the Indiana State Police’s North Zone, remembered his brother David Rich, who was an 18-year veteran of the department when he was shot to death in 2007 by a motorist with mental health problems.

“He was a very brave man. He was killed trying to help someone, which was the exact way that he lived his life,” Rich said. “I think about him every day. The family thinks about him every day.”



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