Highway Patrol Remembers Troopers Killed In Line Of Duty

South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers who have made the ultimate sacrifice are being remembered again this week.

This is Law Enforcement Memorial Week where South Dakota remembers those officers who have died in the line of duty. That includes five Highway Patrol troopers.

“We need to remember those officers who gave all not just during one week, but every day,” says Col. Craig Price, the Highway Patrol’s superintendent. “They are a constant reminder of what is true heroism and courage. They paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting others.”

Names of the five Highway Patrol troopers are:

  • Patrolman Bernard Benson, died in the line of duty, Sept.  17, 1941
  • Patrolman H.N. “Brownie” Russell, died in the line of duty, Nov. 19, 1958
  • Trooper Verlyn Mettler, died in the line of duty, March 9, 1976
  • Trooper Steven Hoffman, died in the line of duty, March 12, 1980
  • Trooper Oren Hindman, died in the line of duty, May 2 1985

The names of the five are listed on the Law Enforcement Memorial at Capitol Lake in Pierre as well as on a memorial in front of the state Department of Public Safety building in Pierre, which houses the Highway Patrol.

Law enforcement officers from across South Dakota will attend the annual Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony Wednesday in Pierre.