MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana State Troopers gathered Friday afternoon with the family and friends of a fallen comrade. A dedication ceremony for the Trooper Robert Lather Memorial Mile brought together different generations of troopers and the late trooper's loved ones.
Trooper Lather was killed in an automobile accident in Miami County on July 6th, 1982 and his memorial mile will take the 174 to 175 mile markers on U.S 31.
Sergeant Tony Slocum spoke about how important it is that the family of the fallen trooper was able to be a part of the ceremony.
And how Trooper Lather's memory will not be forgotten.
“We owe them a debt of gratitude that we can never repay, but at least today we can perpetuate his memory when thousands upon thousands of people drive down U.S. 31,” said Slocum.
Trooper Lather was the 28th Indiana State Police officer to die in the line of duty, and his memorial is the next step in remembering those that have fallen.