The staff at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the public attended a Memorial Service yesterday to remember and honor the three officers who were killed in the line of duty while employed at the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Michael Gayer presided over the service.
“One of the the things I took with me when I retired from the Indiana State Police was to remember those officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” said Gayer. “The Indiana State Police has lost 44 officers since its inception in 1933 and they do a fine job each year to commemorate those individuals who gave that ultimate sacrifice. When I came into Pulaski County as the Sheriff, I learned we had 3 officers killed in the line of duty so I found it fitting to pay tribute to those officers each year so we have a memorial service each year in the month of May to commemorate all those who wear uniforms and go out and fight for freedom.”
Family members of the fallen officers were in attendance yesterday. Mrs. Jodie Schlatter was the featured soloist and the 21 gun salute was performed by the American Legion Post #228 in Francesville. “Taps” was performed by Indiana State Police Trooper/Investigator Brian Schnick and American Legion members Steve Overmyer and Bob Wuethrich. The closing prayer was given by Bethel Bible Church Pastor and Department Chaplain, Scott Tiede.