Lawmakers Gather To Remember 8 Fallen Former Colleagues

South Dakota legislators paused briefly to remember eight former colleagues who died in 2014.

Lawmakers met on Thursday in the state House of Representatives chamber for the annual legislative memorial service.

Speaking during the proceedings, Sen. Mike Vehle praised his fallen colleagues for serving to make a difference in the lives of South Dakotans.

The eight were all state representatives: Robert Johnson, of Groton; James Jones, of Miller; Charles Mickel, of Rapid City; Ralph Nachtigal, of Platte; Ben Radcliffe, of Huron; and Rodney Gutzler, Wallace Myers and Greg Peterson, of Sioux Falls.