Fallen Indiana officers honored in Washington this week

Terre Haute Police Patrolman Rob Pitts was killed in the line of duty on Friday, May 4, 2018. (Image shared by Indiana State Police)

WASHINGTON (WTHR) — Thousands of people are heading to the nation's capital this week to pay their respects to fallen officers during National Police Week in Washington, D.C.

Dozens of those people are from the Boone County Sheriff's Office. They're honoring the life and service of Deputy Jacob Pickett, who was killed in the line of duty last year. This year, his name will be added to the national police memorial.

There are seven men from Indiana who are being honored this week during the services.

Joseph Cox, Jr. worked for the Allen County Sheriff's Office. The 19-year veteran of the department volunteered with youth and liked woodworking and photography.

Deputy Pickett from Boone County was a proud husband and father who also helped direct traffic at a local church.

Benton "Ben" Bertram was a nine-year veteran of the Charlestown Police Department near Louisville. Bertram, as well as Cox and Pickett, had K-9 partners.

Charles Schmitt is from Evansville and died back in 1932, but he's just getting added to the list of fallen officers this week.

David Tinsley was a Fort Wayne officer whose chief described as "a cop's cop." He graduated from Ball State.

Edward Bollman served as a DNR Conservation Officer and enjoyed being outdoors. He died while trying to save his friend while they were ice fishing.

Robert Pitts, an officer from Terre Haute, enjoyed camping, four-wheeling and motorcycles.

There will be a candlelight vigil on Monday night and a memorial service on Wednesday morning.

To follow along with the Boone County deputies who are in D.C., click here.

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