We Care

In 2018, suicide claimed the lives of 159 law enforcement officers in the United States. We Care by the Indiana Law Enforcement Memorial is a movement designed to provide awareness for our police officers who are experiencing emotional distress. Studies have shown more officers die by suicide than from gunfire and traffic accidents combined. The […]

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2018 – Year in Review

Year in Review Our state experienced five law enforcement line of duty deaths in 2018, the most since 2007 when seven officers made the ultimate sacrifice and bringing the total of known fallen officers to 455 in Indiana. Nationally, there were 145 line of duty deaths in 2018, a 12% increase from 2017 with South […]

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Offender Pierre Catlett Extradited to Indiana to Stand Trial For Murder of Hammond Patrolman Pucalik

Offender Pierre Catlett Extradited to Indiana to Stand Trial For Murder of Hammond Patrolman Pucalik Lake County | Pierre L. Catlett, 68, has waived his right to extradition on Novermber 7, 2018 and was ordered returned to Indiana to stand trial for murder in the line of duty death of Hammond Patrolman Lawrence J. Pucalik on November […]

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Police Week 2018

National Police Week May 13-19, 2018 Fifty-six years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 in 1962 designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of those law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty and its calendar week as Police Week in recognition of the service […]

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2018 Legislative Update

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 2018 The Indiana General Assembly adjourned its regular session on March 14 during which two bills and five concurrent resolutions were introduced that would have directly affected law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty or their survivors and are summarized below: • Senate Bill 152 – Public Safety Officer Survivor Health Coverage […]

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Removal of Connersville Patrolman Howard Kelley

Removal of Connersville Patrolman Howard Kelley Fayette County | Patrolman Howard Kelley of the Connersville Police Department has been removed from the Indiana Law Enforcement Memorial due to research having revealed he does not meet the criteria of an eligible line of duty death. In the early morning hours of Sunday, July 22, 1934, Kelley and […]

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Discharge of Offender Zolo Agona Azania

DISCHARGE OF OFFENDER ZOLO AGONA AZANIA (DOC #4969) Zolo Agona Azania, 63, has been discharged from parole after having completed his sentence in the line of duty death on August 11, 1981 of Lieutenant George Yaros of the Gary Police Department. Azania was formerly known as Rufus Lee Averhart until legally changing his name in […]

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Information on Offender Benjamin Donnie Ritchie

INFORMATION ON OFFENDER BENJAMIN DONNIE RITCHIE (DOC #967072)   The correspondence below was received today by the Indiana Law Enforcement Memorial and is being provided to our subscribers for their information only. Any questions or concerns regarding this release should be made directly to the Indiana Department of Correction.   Benjamin Ritchie, 37, will be […]

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