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Honoring a fallen trooper

Honoring a fallen trooper Honoring a fallen trooper

Kent Kieser, left, and Indiana State Police Trooper Nathan Newton are applauded Thursday morning in Ramsey as they unveil a sign honoring Kieser’s father, William, an ISP trooper who was shot and killed after responding to a call of a drunk and disorderly man near Ramsey on March 9, 1965. Kent was 4 years old at the time. The effort to honor Kieser was spearheaded by Newton, according to Sgt. Carey Huls of the ISP. During the ceremony, Huls noted that Kieser was off duty cleaning his cruiser when he heard the Charlestown post dispatch another trooper to the call. Realizing he was closer, Trooper Kieser advised he would respond. When he arrived on the scene, the man opened fire on Kieser before he could get out of his car. Kieser returned fire but was struck in the hand and dropped his weapon. The suspect continued to fire, fatally wounding Kieser, who had served with the state police for nearly seven years after previously serving with the Tell City Police Dept. and the U.S. Marines. Photo by Chris Timberlake