Rep. Friend urges INDOT to rename road after local fallen hero

STATEHOUSE  – The Indiana House of Representatives supported State Rep. Bill Friend’s (R-Macy) resolution Tuesday that would rename a section of a road in Miami County after a fallen police officer.

Indiana State Trooper Robert Lather was killed in the line of duty on July 6, 1982. The resolution urges INDOT to rename a section of U.S. Highway 31 the “Indiana State Trooper Robert Lather Memorial Mile.”

“Sadly, four troopers stationed in Peru have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty, and at this point Robert is the final one to be recognized with a memorial mile,” Friend said. “I am honored to recognize Mr. Lather’s sacrifice for our community.”

While in pursuit of a vehicle trying to outrun authorities, Lather was killed after the rear of his cruiser was struck by the speeding vehicle, causing it to crash.

The section of U.S. Highway 31 near Grissom Air Reserve Base runs from mile markers 174 through 175, where Lather was killed.

For more information on House Concurrent Resolution 44, visit

SOURCE: News release from the Office of State Representative Bill Friend


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