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Fallen heroes honored

Friday, May 19, 2006

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Top: Bill Smith, a retired Indiana State Police officer who worked under George W. Campbell, meets with Campbell's youngest daughter, Kristi Campbell Loveless, after a memorial service for fallen ISP officers Friday.

Bottom: Lt. Brent Johnson and Captain Dale Mullikin of the Indiana State Police read off the names of the 42 ISP officers who have died in the line of duty since the agency's inception in 1933.

Cpl. George W. Campbell, a Brazil resident and Indiana State Police officer who died in the line of duty July 18, 1969, was among those honored during an annual memorial service for fallen ISP officers in Terre Haute Friday.

Campbell, who suffered a fatal heart attack during a traffic stop, is one of 42 officers to die in the line of duty since the ISP was founded in 1933. Similar events are held every year in May by each of the 18 ISP Posts in Indiana, according to First Sgt. Dan Jones of the Terre Haute Post.

The ceremony included a roll call naming the 42 fallen officers and describing the circumstances of their deaths.

"In a lot of ways, it says that these guys are not going to be forgotten," said Jones. "It's also a grim reminder of what could happen."

Kristi Campbell Loveless, a Terre Haute resident and the youngest of George Campbell's three children, attended the event for the first time this year.

"It's just touching-- there's no other way to describe it," she said. "It seems to me that it's a good thing for the (ISP officers) that are here, so they know they're not going to be forgotten."

Loveless remembers her father as a "fun-loving guy" with "a lot" of friends, a recollection echoed by Bill Smith and Mark Bailey, two retired ISP officers who served under Campbell at the Putnamville Post. Bailey said they spent most of their time weighing in and checking trucks.

Smith and Bailey were working with Campbell on the afternoon of July 18, 1969, at a highway weigh station near Putnamville, when a truck attempted to avoid the checkpoint.

"George jumped in his car and stopped (the driver) at the junction of (U.S. 40 and S.R.) 43," Smith remembered. "That's when he had his heart attack. He never got out of the car."

About 50 ISP officers participated in the memorial, which was also attended by retired ISP personnel and representatives from other area law enforcement agencies, including Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton.

Heaton said the loss of any law enforcement officer, regardless of the agency that employs them, is something he takes to heart.

"You're united by a common goal," he said. "It's just a big family."

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