Master Trooper honored for 40 years of service
Indiana State Police Master Trooper Wilbur Turner was recently honored by Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter for 40 years of service to the Indiana State Police and to the residents of Indiana.
Prior to his appointment as a state trooper on July 6, 1980, Turner attended John Adams High School in his hometown of South Bend. After high school, Turner served two years in the U.S. Marines as a truck driver assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion in Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Upon graduation from the Indiana State Police Academy, Turner was stationed at the Sellersburg Post, which serves several Southern Indiana counties, including Harrison and Floyd. Although initially wanting to be stationed closer to home, Turner said the people, weather and beauty of the area changed his desires.
In his 40 years working for the ISP in Southern Indiana, Turner has had many duties, including working as an undercover officer. Turner has also served as an accident reconstructionist, tactical intervention platoon team member and field training officer. He is currently a defensive tactics instructor.
Turner also served 10 years as a gaming agent when troopers were assigned to Indiana casinos.
Turner resides in Floyd County and has three children and two stepchildren.