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A Moment In Time!
Part One!

Previous Indiana State Police Items

1. Retired ISP - Army Colonel James White.
2. Warren Taflinger - Badge 175.
2. Madison's Bill Klein.
4. Dave McKalip & Cory Walker Recall Trooper George A. Forster's Death.
5. Ronnie Kane - PE 1134.
6. Special Madison-Area Family.
7. Call From The West - Haycox.
8. Indiana Troopers Association - "Several Sub Titles"
9. Kenny Houck 10-0.
10. Versailles Post Memorial Services.
11. State Police Motorcycle History.
12. 2009 Trooper's Commission & Trooper MacKalip.
13. Trip Down Memory Lane - Rayner & Richey.
14. Seymour Post Closing - Editor's Comments.

Madison Came Running Salutes James White - Trooper/Soldier:

Indiana State Police Lieutenant Jim White -
20 Year Career - District Commander & Training Officer -

A State Police Career

National Guard Colonel Jim White -
Colonel Jim White closed 36 Years "Indiana National Guard Service" to Indiana and his Country, September 2005 -

Colonel James R. White

Colonel White in Baghdad, Iraq -

War Zone

MCR Comment -

Jim White is a Native Hoosier, born in Richmond, and a frequent visitor to Madison. He was in our City a couple of weeks ago, and our next photo shows him at Madison's Dove Cottage with a long-time friend he fondly calls "Mayor" -

Special "Madisonian" & Jim White

"Synopsis" of Jim White's Public Service:

United States Air Corps
Richmond Police Officer
Indiana State Police Department Lieutenant/Retiree
Indiana University & Butler University Degrees
Former Assistant Director of the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Academy
Alumni Board Member Indiana University East
Indiana National Guard - Rank Full Colonel
Graduate of the United States of America War College
War Service in Iraq

A Day To Honor And To Remember - Jim Leaves The Military:

Madison Came Running was invited to a special National Guard Ceremony, at Stout Field, in Indianapolis, to honor Colonel Jim White, who recently retired from the Indiana National Guard.

Present were Jim's Wife Barb, Major General Umbarger the Indiana Adjutant General, Brigadier General Bray from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and an auditorium filled with all ranks from Major General to NCO's -

National Guard Auditorium
Indiana National Guard Headquarters - Stout Field - Indianapolis.

Artillery Award
From Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Colonel White's last command, an Officer presents him with a symbol of the Fort's Military Specialty.

Legion Of Merit
General Bray, from Fort Sill, presents Colonel White with one of two "Legion Of Merit" Awards he received at the Ceremonies.

The Indiana Adjutant General
Major General Umbarger presented a (rare) Distinguished Hoosier Award from Indiana's Governor, Mitch Daniels.

Barb & Jim White
Barb and Jim White, wearing one of the "Legion Of Merit" Medals, stand before and address those attending the Ceremony.

Madison Came Running is pleased to present this item in recognition of Jim White's long Indiana National Guard & Indiana State Police Service.

PE 248

Jim White, Barb & Jake Visit PE 248 & "Mayor" - December 2007:

Jim, Barb & Jake At Madison's Key West Shrimp House

Warren Taflinger - State Police Badge 175
From Jeffersonville to Versailles to Madison:

Warren Taflinger, Jeffersonville Native, attended the 1937 State Police Training School and after Graduation was assigned to State Police Duties in Ripley and surrounding, including Jefferson, Counties. Taflinger was 21 years old.

Through the years, he was described, by fellow-officers and family, as one of a kind and not afraid of the Devil Himself.

When Warren Taflinger walked into a room there was an air of quiet authority and professionalism about him that commanded respect. He was the definitive role model for local youngsters and rookie police officers.

Warren Taflinger served Indiana during World War Two, when the State Police was given additional responsibilities for home defense, and he was widely known for his civil-safety effort and criminal apprehension capability.

Warren Taflinger

In 1949 family responsibilites called him to Madison where he entered into business with members of his immediate family. His leaving the State Police after 15 years was a negative for Brother-Troopers, but they understood his "Family-Calling" -

Warren was married to Mary Lou Taflinger, and they had a daughter, Patricia, who preceded them in death. Mary Lou died recently.

Warren Taflinger died in Madison on April 9, 1983, and Madison Came Running who as a youngster in Osgood admired Car 6-19, and later proudly worked beside him, submits this article in his memory.

Taflinger - Pre WWII:

The passing of Warren Tafflinger's Widow, Mary Lou, left several items of interest for PE 248 to keep, and we'll take a larger copy of this photo to the State Police Museum.

The date is probably 1939 or 1940, and the Trooper on the right is Warren Taflinger. We believe (?) the Trooper on the left is "Woody" Woods from Aurora.

Early Years - Vehicle & Uniform

Someone's brakes failed, or they skidded on icy pavement?
Unwise to "run into" the police car.

PE 248

Madison's "Bill Klein" -

Madison Came Running came into possession of a photograph, taken in 1972, of Madison Native Bill Klein inspecting a detachment of State Police Troopers at the former Charlestown Post on State Road 62.

The Indiana State Police Department provided MCR with the following photograph and marked "XX" below Lieutenant William R. Klein.

Madison's Bill Klein Reviews His Troopers

Folks on Main Street remember Bill Klein as a star athlete at Madison High School. After High School, he enrolled at Hanover College where he "Lettered" in Four Sports and earned his Bachelors Degree. Several records Bill Klein "Set" at Hanover still stand, and he is a member of the Hanover College Sports Hall of Fame.

Following graduation from Hanover College Bill Klein played with the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. He then became a Special Agent of the FBI, leaving the Bureau to serve 20+ years with the Indiana State Police where he rose to District Commander at the Charlestown Post.

Bill Klein is deceased.

PE 248

State Police Badge 220:

Trooper George A. Forster

Native of Clifty, Indiana, graduated from Columbus High School and appointed to the Indiana State Police September 1, 1938. Trooper Forster was assigned to the Seymour Post, and he and his wife Kathryn resided in North Vernon.

While on routine patrol near Paris Crossing on State Road #3, May 17, 1941, just before midnight, his patrol car was struck in a bridge by a truck towing a horse trailer. Trooper George Forster died, as result of the collision, at the age of 25.

Traveling on State Road #3 and through the old iron bridge, always raised thoughts of this fatal accident, and now we learn the new and safer bridge replacing the old structure, carries the name of George A. Forster.

Madison Came Running is indebted to Master Trooper Dave McKalip PE 4007, also of the Seymour Post, for the following photographs in this Item.

New Replacement For The Iron Bridge

Master Trooper McKalip's Memorial To A Comrade

Trooper Forster Photo Courtesy: The Indiana State Police.
Living In North Vernon, He Was A Madison Neighbor.

PE 248


Since the above Item on Trooper George Forster was submitted by Master Trooper Dave McKalip, Madison Came Running was contacted by Cory Walker, Deputy Probation Officer of Jennings County, with the following information and photographs related to Forster's death.

The Text -

Cory Walker witnessed a fatal crash at the old iron bridge on State Road 3, June 14, 2003, where Trooper Forster had been killed in 1941 - Cory became aware of the dangerous and narrow condition of the bridge and researched the life and death of Trooper Forster - Then e-mailing State Senator Jim Lewis and State Representive Goodwin he asked them to present legislation to replace the old iron bridge and name the replacement for Trooper Forster. He was successful.

Cory Walker drives over the "new bridge" each day on his way to work, and he mentions Trooper Geoge Forster is always remembered.

Photos From Cory Walker -

Trooper Forster's Badge

George Forster

Badge 220 Is 1042 Here

We Band Of Brothers With PE Numbers - Thank You Cory D. Walker.
Additional photos submitted are maintained in our ISP File, with gratitude.

Special Salute To Ronnie Kane!

Uniform Shoulder Patch

Ronnie Kane - PE 1134

Madison Came Running pauses for a moment to Salute Retired Indiana State Trooper Ronnie Kane, who served Indiana from 1961 through 1987.

Following his retirment one of his (many) accomplishments is founder of the North Region Communication Center specializing in Law Enforcement related news items the NRCC distributes to a wide readership.

Ronnie Kane is a Daily Reader of Madison Came Running and often uses his office to distribute "Madison Came Running" related items to his subscribers.

PE 248

Special Madison Area Residents:

Adam, Zoe & Lindsay Bullock

Madison Came Runnning is privileged to present the Adam Bullock Family to our Website's Readers. Adam is an Indiana State Police Trooper, Lindsay teaches school at Milton, and Zoe (age three) completes their family for the Christmas photo. Our "valued friendship" with Adam & Lindsay began some years ago at Hanover College.

Madison Came Running Had A Call From "Out West" -

The call was from former F/Sgt. Denny Haycox of the Seymour State Police Post who, after retiring from ISP, completed 20 years with a Police Department in New Mexico. MCR has a (1980) photo of this outstanding Trooper!

First Sergeant Haycox At Seymour Post.

Following the completion of almost 44 Years Police Service in Indiana and New Mexico, Denny Haycox is exploring the possibility he may extend his professional law enforcement time in the Middle East?

PE 248

Madison Came Running Pauses:

To Honor "The Indiana Troopers Association" for their Many Years of Service to Indiana's Citizens, Department Members and their Families.

"Serving With Pride"

Artist Tim MacDonald, South Bend, In.
Courtesy Indiana Troopers Association

Offices of the Indiana Troopers Association are located at 119 West Maumee Street in Angola, IN 46703 - P.O. Box 798.

Retired State Police Sergeant Ernie Alder is Secretary/Executive Director, and Karen Shelton, wife of a Retired Trooper, is Director of Operations.

Sergeant Patricia Warczynski ITA President

Sgt. Warczynski

Sergeant Warczynski joined the Indiana State Police in 1986. She is assigned to the Putnamvile Post, and her Department History includes, Undercover Narcotics, Field Training Officer, Recruit School Counselor, Corporal, Squad Sergeant, and Graduate of the Southern Police Institute. Plus she's mother of four adult children and grandmother of two.

Sergeant Noel Houze Jr., is the ITA Representative for Several Southeren Indiana Districts, including Versailles and the Madison Area.

Sergeant Noel Houze Jr.

Sergeant Houze's Father was a 29 Year State Police Veteran who worked out of the Versailles Post and retired with the Rank of Squad Sergeant. Noel Jr., is especially dedicated to Members in his District, plus expanding ITA sponsored Youth Services.

The Indiana Troopers Association is Incorporated as a not-for-profit Organization by the State of Indiana and "Visions" being the Police Organization of choice within the State of Indiana.

The ITA is an Organization of Police and Civilian Law Enforcement Personnel dedicated not only to the support of its Members and their Families, but also to the well-being of the Community.

The Indiana Troopers Association is a Rank and File Organization of Men and Women whose commitment to serve extends far beyound their professional lives.

Qualifications for membership are: "Employee of the Indiana State Police, Conservation Officers or Excise Police, plus approval by the ITA Board of Directors."

Associate, Honorary and Lifetime Memberships are in the ITA Structure.

Madison Came Running Readers can review ITA By-Laws, Mission Statement and Table of Organization by opening the ITA Link our left Mast.

Indiana Troopers Association Visits Madison Came Running:

Ernie Alder, Executive Director of the Indiana Troopers Association, traveled to Madison for a visit with long-time ISP Comrade & WebMaster of MCR.

"ITA" Director E. Alder & "ISP" Retiree Colonel R. Cline


The ITA publishes - The Indiana "Trooper" All Points Bulletin -
Read it On-Line:

ITA "Trooper"

ITA Telephone Number: (260) 624 2926


Karen Shelton
Tammy Walker

PE 248

ITA Anniversary Item -

For The ITA & Ronnie Kane - Madison Came Running presents a photograph of one of the first female Indiana State Troopers. She is Joyce Blanford, living in Richmond at the time of the photo, and is shown holding a plaque awarded her as the "top member of her recruit class" - The year was 1976.

Trooper Blanford & PE 248

Editor's Note:
The photo has a "link" To Osgood, Richmond & Madison.

Larry Andress Retirement Party:

Madison Came Running attended a special "surprise party" for Retiring Motor Carrier Supervisor, Larry Andress, at the Venture Out Center, in Madison, January 21st.

Larry Andress & Robert Cline

Retired State Police Colonel Robert Cline represented the Indiana Troopers Association and presented Larry with a Lifetime Membership Plaque from the ITA.

Larry completed 34 years service with the Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Division and plans to continue his home in Madison.

Tribute To "Kenny Houck" Who Died In 2006:

"State Police Officers - Statewide - Remember Him"
Connersville Post Gathering

Front Row: Kenny is speaking to an unidentified lady who is often referred to as "Mayor" while Retired State Police Detective Harry Moore listens intently, with eyes closed. They are attendees at a Post Memorial Service.

Kenneth Houck turned down a highly-probable Baseball Career, with a Chicago Team, to join the Indiana State Police Department, where he rose from Trooper at the Connersville Post, to Captain and Polygraph Expert, at Headquarters Laboratory.

"Rest Well" Faithful Friend.

Indiana State Police Memorial Services - Versailles Post:

Honoring 43 Line Of Duty Deaths


"These Are Our Departed Comrades"

Versailles Lt. McKinney - Area Captain Durnil

"Names Are Read To The Formation"

Sgt. Houze Listening To Roll-Call

State Police Motorcycle History:

Madison Came Running was surprised by Three State Police Troopers, on Motorcycles, who came to visit Our Town and a Former Comrade.

Master Troopers McKalip, Kraemer And Cumberworth

An Offer To Ride!

"PE 248 Astride A Harley"

The Trio from State Police Ranks visited MCR at Dove Cottage on South Walnut Street in Downtown Madison.

"Some Days & Some Folks" Can Be Quite Special.
Thank You! Kevin, Jeff & David.

Present -

Kevin Kraemer, Jeff Cumberworth, Jon Watson

Yesterday -

Trooper Cliff Ward Astride 1930's Indian Motorcycle

Re-Built -

Cliff Ward's Cycle? - State Police Museum

"State Police Motorcycle Caught By A Time Machine"

A Look At Today's Indiana State Trooper's Commission:

Patrol Vehicle On Madison's Riverfront

"Gettin' Down To Business"
Under The Hood

David's Operating Area

Lt. McKinney Inspects David MacKalip At Seymour

Visit To MCR From Area Trooper - David McKalip - Jennings County.
Thanks Ronnie Kane & The NRCC/ITA For Publishing This Item.

Trip Down "Memory Lane" Triggered By ISP Bridge Security Visit:

Trooper Chris Richey & Companion "Rayner"

Trooper Richey's Indiana State Police German Shepherd "Rayner" Is Named After Trooper William Rayner, Who Was Killed By Gunfire Near Greensburg December 18, 1966.

Trooper Rayner

Bill Rayner - Graduate Of Milan High School.
Photo By 248.

NRCC Reports Seymour State Police Post Is Closing:

NRCC Supplied Photograph
"Say It Ain't So"

No State Police Post On I-65, Between Lafayette & Sellersburg?

A better alternative would be to convert this historic state building (built in the mid 1930's by WPA) to a multi-agency-facility, allowing the state police to occupy the downstairs front office and providing for citizen/police contact. Minimum staffing would be required, and police units could be re-assigned as planned.

Caution! - Once you move out of a community, and this is what's happening, something special is lost that never returns.

PE 248 Comments - This Has To Be The Poorest:
Executive, Administrative & Operational State Police Blunder,
Since The Department Was Organized In The Early 1930's.

What Were They (IND Government & ISP Department) Thinking?
Opinion, "Evidentially They Were Not Thinkin' Clearly."