Slain Indiana trooper a 'very, very good man'

A state trooper who had stopped to help who he believed was a stranded motorist was shot and killed Thursday along a northern Indiana highway, state police said. Full Story
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JESTER

New Albany, IN

#1 Jul 6, 2007
God Bless him and his family.
nzkiwi

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#2 Jul 6, 2007
Devastation. My thoughts and prayers go to the family of Master Trooper Rich.

Since: Jul 07

Auckland, NZ & Carmel, IN

#3 Jul 6, 2007
Devastation. My thoughts and prayers go to the family of Master Trooper Rich.
Ryan

Granger, IN

#4 Jul 6, 2007
Very tragic that a man who only wanted to help was gunned down...
Chase Durer

Hebron, KY

#5 Jul 6, 2007
GOD Bless him and his family and all who put their lives on the line every day to protect us. civilian and military.
John

United States

#6 Jul 6, 2007
Wish we could hang the SOB but of course, like a coward, he took his own life. What a waste of flesh.
Tired of the Violence

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Jul 6, 2007
This is a tragedy....so sad. This is sad for both families; especially the Trooper who was only doing his job
Carl Hoffman

Charlestown, IN

#8 Jul 6, 2007
On a prior site I have read some very sad postings in regards to this incident. I pray they will not show up on this site. This public servant was fulfilling the duties assigned to him and everyone should understand we lost a very good person. His children lost a father, his wife a husband, respect them and lift them in your prayers. Sad to see how low some people live their lives by degrading others with their posts. A public servant who takes an oath to protect them as well as the majority who deserve to be protected is killed doing public service. When a police officer gets a call he does not know who he is responding too and really does not care for his job is to serve. Asked to solve problems upon arrival or treat victims, assist a stranded motorist whatever it is the job they take an oath to do. For the ones who do it well you will never be able to put a price on it, the ones that do it badly if you pay them anything it is too much, and the good ones will deal with the problems they cause in the profession they have chosen. Officer Rich comes from a family of law enforcement they will support him as will fellow officers and citizens that understand what it means to be a public servant. For the ones who have posted otherwise, when you need help and call they will come, not because you deserve it but because they took an oath to serve. It did not say only decent people or deserving ones it said public. Again prayers to help lift the grief, words will not say what we who have served in law enforcement feel when acts like this happen but know that many will help you carry your grief. God speed to your reward Officer Rich, he takes the best early to prepare for the ones who come next.
ShowDogz

Avon, IN

#9 Jul 6, 2007
What a sad situation. I pray for the families left behind.
Kathryn

Ingalls, IN

#10 Jul 6, 2007
This tragedy should remind us all of the risks our law enforcement personnel face daily. I am deeply grieved for this loss. My prayer for his family is they will ever be aware of God's presence and the strength that He will give as others minister to their needs.
Adam

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Jul 6, 2007
No, it was not a waste of time, it saved us tax payers several thousands of dollars.
This is one reason why we know prayer is not dead in the USA, only in the CLU minds. I bet Trooper Rich's wife prayed for him everyday as he left to go on his job. as well as the rest of his family and friends. Do you ever pray for your friends who put their lives on the line for us everyday?
God Bless the family. God is still on the Throne! We will understand it all bye and bye.
Justification

Marysville, OH

#13 Jul 6, 2007
Another needless death.

I've been waiting a long time for those activists who profess a need to bear arms to please provide a solution to this problem. Until then, I'm in favor of banning all firearms.
allyson

Saint Louis, MO

#14 Jul 6, 2007
My father is a state trooper and these kind of occurences make me sick. We need to always remember the sacrifice made everyday by these people. They give their lives to helping others unselfishly. God bless his family. I can't imagine.
noDuh

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jul 6, 2007
How tragic. Pray for his soul and his friends and family. It sounds like we lost a good officer and great person.
Garcia

Aurora, IN

#19 Jul 6, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Master Trooper Rich.

Since: Jul 07

Auckland, NZ & Carmel, IN

#20 Jul 6, 2007
Carl Hoffman, very nicely said. Thank you.
Anthony

Muncie, IN

#21 Jul 6, 2007
nateycakes wrote:
I'm sure he was a great guy, but can you ever imagine a headline reading, "Slain Indiana trooper 'kind of a jerk". But, yeah in all honesty, this is really a tragedy.
Are you serious? Are you in law enforcement? If not, you have no clue on what sacrifices are made. Being a former police officer, I am appauled by your comment. We rely on selfless people like Trooper Rich to protect our rights and help us in a time of need. Your comment is a slap in the face to all law enforcement personnel. Remember your comment when and if you ever need assistance froma a police officer!!!!!!!Unbelievable!!!! !
Today

Lagro, IN

#23 Jul 6, 2007
I feel so bad for his family. I saw the everyone on the highway yesterday, and knew something bad had happened. What a sad sad day.
Brooke

Newark, OH

#24 Jul 6, 2007
My father is a trooper as well and people like this deserve every bad thing that happens to them. Why is it that every scumbag in the world has to hate the police for doing their job. That 21 year old child didnt deserve the life he had anyway but it is to bad he took the cowards way out. If you are going to kill yourself leave everyone else out of it. Just kill yourself and be done with you selfish SOBs.
Brooke

Newark, OH

#25 Jul 6, 2007
I am keeping the both familys in my thoughts and prayers.

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