LOWELL | With a darkening sky in the distance, the drone of bagpipes set the tone Tuesday for the Indiana State Police annual memorial service to honor fallen comrades.
Held at the Lowell post, the ceremony for state police officers who had died in the line of duty was a "reverent acknowledgment of their accomplishments," Capt. Edward Schroder said.
Following a member of the Lake County Pipes and Drums, Sgt. Terry Gose led the line of officers in formation.
Nearby, Gose's wife, Becky, and daughters Kaitlynn, Sarah and Faith, stood in silence, watching the proceedings.
"We come every year. It's a brotherhood. It's all family," Becky Gose said.
Sandy Patrick, of Wheatfield, said she and her family believe the same and have remained friends with many of those who knew her son, Scott Patrick.
Patrick was killed Dec. 22, 2003. He was fatally shot when he was dispatched to assist a stranded motorist at the Grant Street exit of Interstate 80.
Patrick's grandmother, Evelee Patrick, 79, of Wheatfield, attends every year, too. She said she appreciates the Lowell post's memorial service.
"He was staying with me when it happened. He and his wife were building a house," Evelee Patrick said. "It gets better, but you never get over it. ... He always had a place at the Sunday table."
First Sgt. Terrance Weems acknowledged the Patrick family, officials and dignitaries who attended.
A burst of rain at the ceremony's onset that left everyone soaked was a symbol of the tears shed for those who had been lost, the chaplain said.
Schroder and Weems read the roll call of the 46 officers who had died from 1933 to 2010.