Fellow ISP troopers and community members pay respects to Peter Stephan

Many have been impacted by the loss of Trooper Peter Stephan. They are now speaking out about the impact Stephan had on the community and other troopers.

Posted: Oct 14, 2019 7:16 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—He was more than just a hero. To many, he was a friend. ISP Trooper Peter Stephan will never be forgotten.

"Great worker, hard worker,” said Indiana State Trooper Steven Grayson. “He was one of those troopers who would always be there for you."

Steven Grayson was Stephan's shift partner. Grayson said Stephan's impact will forever be remembered.

"He was a positive kind of guy,” said Grayson. “He had a strong faith and that rubbed off on everyone. He was always a joy to be around. He's never going to be forgotten."

Zach Walters agrees. He said he crossed paths with Stephan many times on scenes and from the start knew there was something special about him.

"Was a very funny guy I remember,” said Walters. “Loved making jokes. But he absolutely loved being a trooper."

Walters said that regardless of the situation Stephan's attitude towards things was uplifting.

"Him showing his positivity and his passion for what he did I think certainly made a difference in everybody’s lives every day,” said Walters.

Judy Vessels was one of the many people who stopped by to pay respects to Stephan. She said it is important for the community to come together.

"The community always needs to stick together,” said Vessels. “I mean, you know and it's just awful that he was so young and had a family, young family."

Grayson said Stephan would want his fellow brothers to continue serving the community, just the way he did.

“He would be right there beside us,” said Grayson. “Continuing on that mission every day. Someone to be proud of."

Again ISP said people are close to the family or are members of the family who have set up an account through Old National Bank. You can make monetary donations anywhere Old National Bank has a footprint.

To learn more about Stephan's funeral arrangements click here. 

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