(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 27, 2009 - The Indiana General Assembly passed a resolution today that honored two Indiana State troopers who were killed in the line of duty. Rep. Cleo Duncan (R-Greensburg) presented the resolution that honored Troopers Andrew Winzenread and William Rayner by naming a section of Interstate 74 for them.
Friends and family of the Winzenread and Rayner family joined Rep. Duncan on House floor to give brief descriptions of the fallen troopers they lost years ago.
"Trooper Winzenread's actions displayed his willingness to go the extra mile and to help people wherever he had the opportunity," said Rep. Duncan. "He was a shining example of all the good qualities exhibited by Indiana state troopers, and he truly lived by the guiding values of the Indiana State Police - integrity, service and professionalism"
Trooper Winzenread was killed April 25, 1997, while trying to assist a stranded motorist. He was struck by a semi-trailer truck that passed too closely and died at the scene. He had been a state trooper since 1994.
"Trooper Winzenread was the main reason behind the Slow Down/Move Over legislation that I authored in 1999," said Rep. Duncan. "The legislation requires drivers to slow down or move over when approaching an emergency vehicle. Thirty-nine other states have followed word-for-word from that legislation in order to make their roads safer for travelers."
Trooper Rayner was shot and killed Dec. 18, 1966, during a routine traffic stop in Decatur County. He was unaware the car he stopped was stolen and that its occupants were escapees from a Kentucky state prison. When asked to get out of the vehicle, one of the passengers shot Trooper Rayner.
He had been a state trooper for eight years.
"Trooper Rayner is an American hero who gave his life in service to our state and country, and deserves special recognition," said Rep. Duncan. "I am pleased to see that this legislative body was able to take the time to honor someone like Trooper Rayner and Winzenread."
Rep. Duncan encourages constituents to contact her with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing her at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.