I only worked in law enforcement for a bit under eighteen months. During that time alone, Indiana lost six police officers in the line of duty, including a State Trooper that I had the honor of knowing.
I happened to be surfing the web today and discovered the homepage of the Vermillion County (Illinois) Sheriff’s Department. They were across the state line in Illinois from my Indiana department, and we had occasion to work with them from time to time.
My horror came when I looked at their fallen heroes page to discover that Sergeant Myron Deckard had been killed in June 2001 while transporting a prisoner back to Vermillion County.
Myron was a gruff man with a direct demeanor and a good sense of humor. I only interacted with him on a couple occasions on the job, and enjoyed hearing his fugitive investigation stories. He will be sadly missed.
Rest in Peace, Myron.