The Indiana State Police post in Evansville held a memorial service on Wednesday to remember and to celebrate all of its fallen officers.
More than 40 Indiana State Police officers were honored at the ceremony but only three of them received special recognition.
Trooper William Joseph Trees and Sergeant John Hatfull, both from Evansville, and Michael Deno, who is from Oakland City, will now always be remembered on our highways.
Three interstate bridges have now been named after these fallen heroes because they are the only three officers in southwest Indiana to be killed in the line of duty.
William Joseph Trees Jr. never knew his father. He was killed six months before Trees Jr. was born. However, the younger Trees still feels connected to his dad.
"We have a very tight family," said Trees Jr. "I always say that I am living the dream but I have also always tried to live a certain way. There is a bible verse that says, ‘He will be like a tree planted near a river and everything he will do will not wither' and it reminds me of my dad."
Trees Jr. said that he believes in this verse because the memory of his father is still alive 40 years later.
"It's awesome that after 40 years, they still remember his sacrifice. He was an Indiana boy and he lived and died for Indiana," said Trees Jr.
The memorial signs will serve to keep the memories of these southwest Indiana heroes alive.
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