PATROLMAN HONORED: DPS Building Renamed

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The first Iowa Patrolmen killed in the line of duty is being honored this week.

The Department of Public Safety, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, and members of the Iowa State Legislature will honor the legacy of Patrolman Oran “Nanny” Pape, #40 by renaming the DPS Building the Oran Pape State Office Building.

A ceremony will be held Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 9:15 a.m. outside the Department of Public Safety Building.

Patrolman Pape was an Iowa native born in 1907. He was well known for his career as an Iowa Hawkeye and Green Bay Packer. Following his football career, Pape jumped at the opportunity when the Highway Patrol announced it was hiring in 1935.  He patrolled for eight months until an encounter in 1936, which ultimately took his life.  He was 29 years old.