Indiana police officers support daughter of fallen trooper at graduation more than 10 years after his death

Police officers from several Indiana law enforcement departments attended a high school graduating Saturday for the daughter of a dropped trooper more than a decade after he had been killed in the line of duty.  

Lauren Rich had 39 law enforcement officers from six police departments within Indiana at her Southwood Junior-Senior High School graduation on Saturday. Sgt. Tony Slocum, public information officer designed for Indiana State police, said Lauren’ s father, Master Trooper Investigator Dave Rich, was shot plus killed in 2007.

“ Congrats Lauren, we promise we will never forget your own families sacrifice, ” Slocum tweeted along with a photo of Lauren and the 39 police officers.

Rich was investigating a documented stranded vehicle when a man opened up fire through the driver’ s windowpane, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page . Rich, who was not wearing a bullet-proof vest, was killed after becoming struck in the chest.


Lauren was 7 years old when the girl father died. Her father have been in the force for more than seventeen years.

Slocum called Lauren’ s father a good “ awesome guy” and stated Rich would have been proud of the particular “ great young lady” their daughter has become.

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