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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Friday, May 18, 2012
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office


Des Moines, IOWA --- It is with great pride the State of Iowa takes time during National Police Week to honor officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.  At a ceremony today on the Capitol Complex, two officers were officially added to the Peace Officers’ Memorial.

Trooper Mark Toney - 2012
Iowa State Trooper Mark Toney was killed in an automobile accident on U.S. Highway 65/69, south of Indianola, at about 4:40 pm.

Trooper Mark Toney was serving the citizens of Iowa when his patrol car left the roadway and overturned several times, landing in a field. The vehicle burst into flames during the accident.

Trooper Toney served the Iowa State Patrol for 24 years. He is survived by his two sons Darin and Adam Toney, fiancée Lisa Sickles, brother David Toney, sisters Debbie Wiseman and Sharron , and his parents.
Trooper Mark Toney

Officer Roger Hildreth - 2008
Des Moines Police Officer Roger Hildreth suffered a fatal heart attack while running on a treadmill in the department's gym.

He had just completed responses to a burglary in progress call and a call involving two dogs loose in a neighborhood before collapsing.

Officer Hildreth was a U.S. Navy veteran and served with the Des Moines Police Department for 18 years. He is survived by his two daughters, Rachel Hildreth and Hope Hildreth; his brother Richard, JaAnne and Susan, sisters.
Officer Roger Hildreth

Governor Terry Branstad has proclaimed May 13-19, 2012 as Peace Officers’ Week in Iowa. In his remarks at the Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony this morning, Governor Branstad said, "While the sadness that often accompanies this ceremony can be quite powerful, it at the same time allows us the opportunity to reflect and be thankful for such dedicated individuals. My thoughts and prayers are with all the families of peace officers today."

Please take time today to honor the men and women who have died to protect and serve, as well as give thanks to those officers who continue to work in our communities every day.

Visit the Iowa Department of Public Safety web site to view a list of the 166 officers whose names are displayed with honor on the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial plaque.



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