Law enforcement memorial service announced

Versailles, Ind. — The Indiana State Police Versailles Post will hold a memorial service May 24 at 11 a.m. to remember officers that were killed in action. The service is an opportunity for law enforcement officers from many agencies and members of the public to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Since 1933, 46 Indiana State Troopers have been killed in the line of duty. Five of those troopers were from, what is now known as the Versailles District.

  •  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.