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Highway Signs to be Dedicated In Honor of Fallen Highway Patrol Troopers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 8, 2017

Contact: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-773-6196



Highway Signs to be Dedicated

In Honor of Fallen Highway Patrol Troopers



PIERRE, S.D. – Highway signs will be dedicated next week as part of National Police Week – a different sign dedicated each day -- in honor of the five South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers who have died in the line of duty.


“Sacrifices made by these troopers and their families have never been forgotten by anyone who has ever been part of the Highway Patrol,” says Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the Highway Patrol. “This is another way that we can honor these troopers and help the public better understand what they did for all of us.”


Price says the project is being done in conjunction with the Department of Transportation which created the signs. The signs will be placed near the location where the troopers died in the line of duty.


The five troopers are Patrolman Bernard Benson, Trooper Steven Hoffman, Trooper Oren Hindman, Trooper Verlyn Mettler and Patrolman H.N. Brownie Russell. More on each of the five can be found at http://dps.sd.gov/enforcement/highway_patrol/call_to_honor_remembering.aspx.


Separate, information ceremonies will be held for each of the five troopers. The schedule is:


*** Monday, May 15, 11 a.m. CDT -- Sioux Falls HP/DOT office, 5316 West 60th Street N. (Patrolman Bernard Benson)


*** Tuesday, May 16, 11 a.m. CDT – Silver Lake rest area on US 81 approximately 7 miles north of Freeman. (Trooper Steven Hoffman)


*** Wednesday, May 17, 2 p.m. CDT  – Chamberlain rest area/ HP Squad Office. (Trooper Verlyn Mettler)


*** Thursday, May 18, 11 a.m. MDT -- Belle Fourche HP Squad Office. (Patrolman H.N. Brownie Russell)


*** Friday, May 19, 11 a.m. MDT  – Sturgis HP office, located at the SD DOT Complex just off I-90 @ Exit 32.  (Trooper Oren Hindman)


The public and media are invited to attend.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is part of the Department of Public Safety.