HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- Many people along with law enforcement from 19 other states were at Crossroads Community Church in Kokomo to honor and serve the life and service of fallen Indiana State Police Trooper Peter Stephan. A day that’s not easy to go through alone, but impacted so many lives.
”He loved being a trooper," said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.
Friday was a somber day for many honoring fallen Indiana State Police Trooper, Peter Stephan.
“Trooper Stephan’s passing is a painful reminder that those who surround us all in this room, who wear their uniform, risk for all of us every single day," said Holcomb.
It was easy for people to put into words the impact Trooper Stephan had on so many.
“What he did in service to and for someone else is a rare trait for most," said Holcomb. "But it’s in the DNA of the Indiana State Police.”
Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said this is something no one can prepare for.
“I’ve spent the last seven years of my life as your superintendent preparing for this very moment in time," said Carter. "I still struggle to find the right words. I know that my words will come woefully short because many of you are experiencing such piercing pain.”
Kenneth Gordon from Gary, Indiana, said he was especially touched when he heard of Trooper Stephan’s death.
“They protect us," said Gordon. "They look over our shoulder. My job is on the road, like a ten and sometimes a twelve lane highway and a lot of times they cover us.”
Gordon didn’t know Stephan personally. He works for the Indiana Department of Transportation and says law enforcement ensures he goes home every night.
“Sometimes they’ll look at you to let you know, hey I got you, because it’s pretty dangerous trying to repair potholes on 65 and 94," said Gordon. "It’s very dangerous.”
Gordon presented the portraits you see below to Stephan’s family during visitation on Thursday. He said the family isn’t mourning alone.
”That hurt," said Gordon. "I call them my big brother. Hey, you know when people keep you alive, I’m a military guy, so part of military you take care of each other. You know when you cover for me I’m covering for you.”
Those who still wish to pay respects to Trooper Stephan can still do so at the Indiana State Police post in Tippecanoe County. ISP has a cruiser parked out front for people to continue honoring Stephan.