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For immediate release: Sergeant Nathan Ludwig
 

Public Information Officer
Iowa State Patrol

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 nludwig@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 745-2863 - cell
(515) 725-6093 - office

Bridge Dedications to Honor Each of Ten Troopers Killed in the Line of Duty

Des Moines, IOWA --- This summer and fall, ten bridges across Iowa will be dedicated in memory of the ten Iowa State Troopers who have died in the line of duty throughout the State Patrol's 75 year history. Members of the media and public are invited to attend these bridge dedications, starting with the Oran Pape Memorial Bridge on August 9, 2012.

Fallen Officer Press Conference Event Location Sign Location
Oran Pape

August 9, 2012
10:00 AM

DOT Shop, exit 267
Tipton, Iowa

I-80 WB traversing the Cedar River at MM 265.
Allen Nieland & Harold DeGear

August 22, 2012
10:00 AM

Foster Road & Flint Drive
Coralville, Iowa

I-80 WB traversing the Iowa River & I-380 NB traversing the Iowa River
Mark Toney

September 20, 2012
2:00 PM

Indianola Fire Station Hwy 65/69 South River Bridge south of Indianola
Charles Whitney

September 26, 2012
10:30 AM

ISP District 9 Office
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Cedar River Bridge on I-380/Hwy 20
Marvin Vanderlinden September 27, 2012
9:15 AM

ISP District 1 Office
Des Moines, Iowa

I-80 over the Des Moines River

Lance Dietsch &
Stan Gerling

October 18, 2012
10:00 AM

State Radio Hwy 6 west of Lewis at the Indian Creek Bridge & Hwy 6 northeast of Lewis at the Turkey Creek Bridge
Harold Klinkefus

October 24, 2012
10:00 AM

DOT
Red Oak, Iowa

Hwy 34 west of Red Oak near the Nishnabotna River
Ralph Garthwaite

October 23, 2012
1:00 PM

ISP District 4 Office
Denison, Iowa

Hwy 30 at the 30 MM near the Boyer River

The loss of Iowa State Trooper Mark Toney in September, 2011, was a reminder of the daily dangers that law enforcement officers face and the importance of recognizing the sacrifice made by those killed in the line of duty. In light of this tragic event, current and past members of the Iowa State Patrol began working through lobbyist and former State Trooper John Flannery to reach out to the Iowa Legislature and the Department of Transportation and gain approval to designate a memorial bridge near the site where each Trooper had fallen. With the support of State Legislators, DOT, and County Board of Supervisors the plan was approved and ten bridges were selected to be named in honor of the Troopers.

The costs of the signs were covered by the Iowa State Troopers Association, Supervisor’s Association and the Retirees Association.

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