KOKOMO, Ind. – Flags are being flown at half-staff across the state to honor the life of Indiana State Police Trooper Peter Stephan. Stephan was killed in a Tippecanoe County crash on his way to a call.
He leaves behind his wife Jessica and 5-month-old baby girl Harper.
Stephan’s funeral was held at Crossroads Community Church in Kokomo—the same place he met Jessica many years ago.
Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter was very emotional when he addressed Jessica and Harper during his eulogy. "Harper, your 5-month-old little girl, you of course are too little today to understand. My hope for you though is you will one day watch this video and really understand what a special man your dad was.”
Jessica shared her love for her husband and thanked him for choosing her forever. “I’m so grateful you chose me to be your forever… you made all my dreams come true, but most importantly, thank you for making my dream of becoming a mom come true. You gave me the most perfect gift in our little Harper.”
Stephan's burial immediately followed at Russiaville Cemetery.
Law enforcement officers from across the country say they will make sure Stephan’s family doesn't feel alone while they grieve.
“Our purpose is to say they don't grieve alone. That the family does not grieve alone. That it always strikes home no matter how far away it is because we all have a similar job to do,” Trooper Jonathon Boyd with Utah Highway Patrol said.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski says he has been in contact with Stephan's wife. He says she'll continue to have support from the City of Lafayette.