In their 75 year history the Iowa State Patrol has lost ten members in the line of duty. Beginning Monday and continuing throughout the fall all ten men will have a bridge named in their honor.
The first ceremony will take place Thursday, at 10 a.m. The I-80 bridge over the Cedar River will be dedicated to Oran Pape. He was the first patrolmen killed in the line of duty.
The idea for these bridge dedications came after the most recent patrolmen loss. Iowa State Trooper Mark Toney was killed in September of 2011, his loss was a reminder of the daily dangers that law enforcement officers face and the importance of recognizing the sacrifice made by those killed in the line of duty.
The State Patrol began working to gain approval to designate bridges near the site where each Trooper had fallen.
The costs of the signs were covered by the Iowa State Troopers Association, Supervisor’s Association and the Retirees Association.
The ceremonies are open to the public; a list of the names, dates, and locations is available here.