State Renames Building To Honor Slain Patrolman

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

State officials are renaming the Department of Public Safety Building to honor the first member of the Iowa State Patrol killed in the line of duty.

A dedication is planned Thursday morning, when the building near the state Capitol will be renamed the Oran Pape State Office Building.

Pape died from a bullet wound in 1936 after exchanging fire with a suspect. The suspect also died.

Pape was among the first 50 people selected when the state created what was then called the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol in 1935.

He was 29 years old when he died and remains the only state patrol officer shot to death in the line of duty.

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and state legislators will attend the ceremony.

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