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Trooper Hindman Sign Dedication
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Trooper Hindman Sign Dedication
Sign dedication for fallen trooper held in Sturgis
Gary Matthews - May 19, 2017

STURGIS, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol held a dedication ceremony Friday for a new highway sign that honors Highway Patrol Oren Hindman, who died in the line of duty.

The dedication is part of National Police Week.  In all, five signs have been dedicated this week to honor fallen patrolmen through the years.  

Trooper Oren Hindman was killed May 2 of 1985 when a passenger in his patrol car fatally stabbed him. It was his death that led to the introduction of a screen that separates troopers from people in the back seat.

Major Dana Svendsen says "when Trooper Hindman was stabbed in 1985, he had arrested a subject, and that person's passenger was being trasnported in the back seat. That male subject stabbed Trooper Hindman and after that, beginning in 1986, all our patrol cars had protective barriers installed separating those in the back seat."

Svendsen says Hindman’s widow, Vicki, was on hand for today’s ceremony.

"It was great Vicki Hindman was here today. She is still very much involved with the highway patrol community, and prepares meals for the troopers who work during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally."

Svendsen says this week is special to pay our respects to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The sign dedicated today in Sturgis will soon be placed along I-90 between Spearfish and Sturgis.



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