Nine Iowa law enforcement members who died in the line of duty set to be honored

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Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 3:55 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KCRG) - On May 15th, a memorial service is set to honor nine people who served and died in the line of duty.

May 15th-May 21st is National Police Week, a time side to pay special recognition to law enforcement members who lost their lives for the safety and protection of others.

The Iowa members being honored are:

  • Theodore L Benda - 10/20/21 - Iowa State Patrol, from rural Decorah, died in an accident after swerving to miss a deer on the way to a call.
  • Broderick R Daye - 8/28/21 - Parole Officer 5th Judicial District, Des Moines, Died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
  • Robert L McFarland - 3/23/21 - Corrections Officer at Anamosa State Penitentiary, from Ely, was killed in an attack by inmates.
  • Richard W Newkirk - 11/3/21 - Corrections Officer at Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale, from North Liberty, Died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
  • Steven Reighard - 1/8/21 - Conservation Officer with Iowa DNR in Dickinson County, Died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
  • Lorena Y Schulte 3/23/21 - Nurse at Anamosa State Penitentiary, from Cedar Rapids, was killed in an attack by inmates.
  • James K Smith 4/9/21 - Iowa State Patrol, from Independence, was killed in a standoff in Grundy Center.
  • Michael D Teachout 11/28/20 - Correctional Officer, from Shenandoah, Died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
  • Robert J Vidimos II - 11/16/20 - Correctional Officer assigned to the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, from Ames, Died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

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