This week, I had the opportunity to take part in two resolutions here at the Statehouse. The first, which I authored, memorialized Indiana State Police Trooper Daniel Roy Barrett by renaming, in his honor, the bridge one-half mile south of the intersection of State Road 110 and U.S. 31.Trooper Barrett, 25, was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 27, 2008, during a routine traffic stop. While pursuing a vehicle at a high rate of speed, Barrett lost control of his car due to bad road conditions, and crashed into a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trooper Barrett had served with the Indiana State Police for only six months and was assigned to the Peru post.
May we keep his family in our thoughts and prayers and as well as all men and women in law enforcement who protect you and me, our communities and state every day.
Also today, my colleagues Rep Woody Burton and Dale Grubb authored a resolution that honored the families of the Indiana soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice defending their country. I was joined by my House and Senate colleagues in giving our gratitude and prayers to the families of the 152 fallen men and women from Indiana.
I would like to honor seven soldiers from counties in District 16 whose names were read to the House during the ceremony:
Army Pfc. Class Shawn D. Hensel, age 20. Shawn gave his life on Aug. 13, 2007, in Iraq.
Army Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey A. McLochlin, age 45. Jeffrey gave his life on July 5, 2006, in Afghanistan.
Army Sgt. Nicholas J. Patterson, age 24. Nicholas gave his life on Sept. 10, 2007, in Iraq.
Army Cpl. Nathaniel S. Baughman, age 23. Nathaniel gave his life on July 17, 2006, in Iraq.
Army Spc. Cody A. Putnam, age 22. Cody gave his life on April 12, 2007, in Iraq.
Army Cpt. Timothy I. McGovern, age 28. Timothy gave his life on Oct. 31, 2007, in Iraq.
Army Spc. Luke First, age 20. Luke gave his life on Jan. 5, 2004, in Iraq.
It was a privilege to honor the men and women that served for our country. As a Vietnam veteran, I have great admiration for those who've made the ultimate sacrifice. Their lives and service to our country will not be forgotten.
I'm thankful that we took the time out of our busy schedule to honor those men and women that protect us everyday. By passing these resolutions, we are not only recognizing their hard work and dedication but thanking them for protecting us every day.