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Two fallen Iowa State Patrol troopers honored at Peace Officer Memorial

State leaders will honor two fallen Iowa State troopers at a Peace Officer Memorial ceremony....
State leaders will honor two fallen Iowa State troopers at a Peace Officer Memorial ceremony. Sergeant Jim Smith (right) and Trooper Ted Benda (left) died last year.(KCRG)
Published: May. 6, 2022 at 9:09 AM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - State leaders honored two fallen Iowa State troopers at a Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony on Friday morning.

Sergeant Smith was shot and killed in the line of duty during a standoff with a suspect in Grundy Center in April 2021.

Trooper Benda died in a crash while responding to a call in Clayton County in October 2021.

Their names will be added to the memorial, and flags will fly at half staff in their honor across the state Friday.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds spoke at the ceremony.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R)...
Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) spoke at the Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony on Friday.(Ethan Stein)

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