Fallen Heroes Honored in Kosciusko County

By Megan Trent

Fallen Heroes Honored in Kosciusko County

September 11, 2010 Updated Sep 11, 2010 at 8:31 PM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - It was nine years ago today the world watched as terrorists struck the heart of America, killing thousands of people as they flew planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

On this September 11, communities around the country and here at home are paying tribute to the men and women who lost their lives that tragic day.

In Warsaw, hundreds of community members turned out for a Rememberance Ceremony honoring all those who died during and since the 9-11 attacks.

The ceremony also included honoring another fallen hero. Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department Sergent Jeffery Shaw died last November after a truck slid off State Road 14 then overcorrected, striking and killing the 40-year-old husband and father of two young children.

On Saturday Shaw became the fifth person to have their name added to the county's Fallen Heroes monument. It was erected to pay tribute to the emergency responders in Kosciusko County who have died in the line of duty.

The other men who's names appear on the monument inscribed with the words "Serving Others" are Harold Shepler who died in 1930, Joseph Bauer who died in 1954, Phillip Hochstetler who died in 1994, and Jason Beal who died in 2000.

Dorris Lemert works with the Kosciusko County REMC, who helped put together Family Safety Day - another key part of Saturday's events in Warsaw. She says, "In conjunction with the 9-11 Memorial Committee that exists here in Warsaw, which was started back after the 9-11 tragedy, every year we honor the people who have been killed in the line of duty for Kosciusko County. This year Sgt. Jeff Shaw is being saluted. He was killed in the line of duty last year."

Lt. Travis Rowland with the Warsaw Fire Department knew Shaw, and says today holds special meaning for him and other members of the community. "There were a lot of people from this area who went to New York when 9-11 happened, and also with Jeff - going to school with him and his sister and everything like that - it's a whole community that comes together."

Before the Remembrance Ceremony, close to three thousand people also attended Play it Safe Family Safety Day in Warsaw. The event included police and K9 demonstrations, electricity safety shows, helicopter landings, face painting, emergency vehicle demonstrations, boat rides, a zip line, prizes, booths, and other safety related events.

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