• Bill Raines

In Memory of Indiana State Trooper Robert C. Gillespie Who Died in Line of Duty

LAWRENCE COUNTY - JUNE 8, 2022 - On this date sixty years ago Indiana State Trooper Robert C. Gillespie died in the Line of Duty.


Trooper Robert Gillespie was killed in a traffic accident while rushing to a call for assistance near Mitchell in Lawrence County.

While traveling with his emergency lights on, Trooper Gillespie was forced to leave the road when a pickup truck slowed in front of him. Leaving the highway to avoid the truck, Trooper Gillespie swerved back on the highway to avoid another car in his path. A third car then struck his vehicle.

A section of State Road 37 in Lawrence County was named in Trooper Gillespie's honor


Trooper Gillespie had served with the Indiana State Police for nearly 12 years and was assigned to the Seymour post. He was a US Navy veteran serving in the Shore Patrol. Trooper Gillespie was survived by his wife and six children.

In 1959, he was awarded the agency's Gold Star Award for Valor when, in spite of gunshot wounds, he continued to pursue a couple who had fired at him.


Bloomington State Police Post held its Memorial Day Serivices on May 4, 2022 to remember those who died in the Line of Duty


The Bloomington State Police Post held its annual Memorial Day Remembrance on May 4, 2002 to remember the Indiana State Police Officers who died in the Line of Duty.

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