Officers Killed In The Line Of Duty Honored In Washington D.C.


WASHINGTON, D.C.–Seven police officers from Indiana who were killed on the job are being honored in Indiana this week in Washington, D.C., as part of National Police Week 2019.

“I had an opportunity to visit with the family of Robert Pitts. Roberts Pitts spent 16 years honorably serving the people of Terre Haute, Indiana on their police department. He was killed in the line of duty last May, and we honor him, we honor our other police officers and their families during this National Police Week, of which I was proud to be a cosponsor,” said Senator Todd Young.

Young, along with all 99 of his fellow Senators, cosponsored a resolution to recognize May 12-18 as National Police Week 2019.

The resolution recognizes the bravery and sacrifice of police officers and their families. It also identifies the need to ensure law enforcement has the correct tools and training to build safer communities, acknowledges those officers who have fallen in the line of duty, and expresses condolences to the families of those officers who have given their lives in service to their communities, said a news release.

Seven officers from Indiana are being honored this year:

Patrolman Robert Shawn Pitts, Terre Haute Police Department, May 2018

Sergeant Benton Hurley Bertram, Charlestown Police Department, Dec. 2018

Sergeant Edward Ronald Bollman, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Feb. 2018

Sergeant Joseph Alan Cox Jr., Allen County Sheriff’s Department, Feb. 2017

Deputy Sheriff Jacob Matthew Pickett, Boone County Sheriff’s Dept, March 2018

Officer Charles W. Schmitt, Evansville Police Department, Jan. 1932

Officer David Alexander Tinsley, Fort Wayne Police Department, Sept. 2018


Some of the Terre Haute Delegation attend services to honor fallen officers in Washington DC
Services to honor fallen officers in Washington DC
photo courtesy Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett