FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – State troopers, friends and family gathered at the Fort Wayne Indiana State Police post Thursday to honor our fallen heroes and a retiring state senator.
It’s an annual event for all 14 ISP posts. They honor the 47 department members who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty. That includes sworn officers, lab personnel, and commercial vehicle enforcement officers.
The troopers also took time to honor retiring State Senator Tom Wyss of Fort Wayne because of the work he’s done to enhance public safety.
An emotional Wyss said the gesture was a surprise.
“This group of guys out here at Post 22 have always been double close to me,” said Wyss. “I’ve always considered them family and the great thing about it is they consider me family too. This honor today is, boy, never ever thought this would happen.”
While Senator Wyss was in office, lawmakers worked on several bills aimed at making Hoosiers safer thanks in large part to his authorship and urging. Among those measures were speed limit changes and the lowering of the legal blood alcohol limit to .08.