Portion of US 31 in Miami County Dedicated to Late ISP Robert Lather
MIAMI COUNTY — Signs designating the “Indiana State Trooper Robert Lather Memorial Mile” were unveiled on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, on U.S. 31 in Miami County with family in attendance.
During the 2018 General Assembly, Representatives William C. Friend, Michael H. Karickhoff and Karlee D. Macer authored House Concurrent Resolution 44 to designated U.S. 31 at mile markers 174 through 175 in Miami County as the “Indiana State Trooper Robert Lather Memorial Mile.” Senator Randall Head was the senate sponsor. The signage commemorates the sacrifice made by Trooper Lather in giving his life in the line of duty.
On July 6, 1982, ISP Robert Lather was killed when his police car was struck by a vehicle that he and a Howard County deputy were trying to stop. The Howard County deputy had called for assistance in stopping a vehicle that was traveling more than 95 miles per hour. Trooper Lather was in front of the vehicle attempting to slow it down when the vehicle struck the rear of his police car, causing it to crash. Trooper Lather was 30 years old, and had served with the Indiana State Police for 7 ½ years, assigned to the ISP Peru Post.
Mrs. Teresa Lather Bodnyk said of the ceremony, “In the area near where I live, I pass the Ernie Pyle Memorial Highway sign on a frequent basis. Each time I pass, it’s a reminder of his bravery, sacrifice, and heroism for our country. How heartwarming it is to know my late husband, Trooper Robert Lather will forever be remembered for his passion to serve and protect our communities in Indiana. His ultimate sacrifice for those goals will never fade from our minds.”
Rep. Bill Friend said, “These signs serve as a constant reminder to travelers of the danger state troopers and road workers face on the job,” Friend said. “This is a fitting tribute to Trooper Lather and his family to remember his service and honor his legacy.”
During the event, the Resolution and a small replica of the sign was presented to the family, including Teresa Lather Bodnyk and her husband, Jon Bodnyk; Trooper Lather’s children and grandchildren: son, Rob (Amy), of Greenwood, and their one-year old daughter, Kennedy Marie Lather, daughter, Breanne Lather Miller, of Seattle, and Trooper Lather’s sisters, Tina Lather of Avon, IN and Jo Kerr of California.