The Trooper Patrick Flag Fund was established to honor the supreme sacrifice of Indiana State Trooper Scott Patrick.
Trooper Patrick was killed in the line of duty on December 22, 2003. Trooper Patrick was dispatched on a common motorist assist run. This time the individual in need was a criminal intent on doing harm. Following a short struggle, Trooper Patrick was shot once above his bulletproof vest. He was able to return fire and radio for assistance, he died shortly after. Trooper Patrick and his wife were expecting their first child. Six months after Scott's death his son was born. Isaac Scott Patrick bears the initials ISP in honor of his father's love and dedication to the Indiana State Police.
Like many law enforcement officers, Scott had a great appreciation and love for the American flag. For Scott, the flag was much more than a cotton banner to be displayed on holidays. Scott viewed the waving stars and stripes as a symbol of what our country stands for. Scott chose a career in law enforcement to do his part to protect the freedoms symbolized by the flag. The Trooper Patrick Flag Fund is a living legacy to the sacrifice that Scott made in service to the State of Indiana.
After Scott's death our family looked for a way to honor his sacrifice. Scott held dear in his heart what the flag represented and revered those who have fought abroad and at home to ensure its survival. Scott insisted on always displaying an American flag in his commission.
We chose to honor Scott's selfless sacrifice by honoring the commitment and sacrifice of other law enforcement officers in Indiana. After Scott's death, many people came together to provide a final tribute to a hero. During the months and years following Scott's death we learned more about the people who organized the tribute and what they contributed. As the years passed we realized there was a gap that needed to be filled. When a veteran passes away one of the ways they are honored for their service is by an internment flag, also known as a burial flag. No such program exists for law enforcement officers. We decided it was time to change that. The Trooper Patrick Flag Fund provides burial flags for all law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Indiana, burial flags for retired Indiana State Troopers, and ceremonial flags for events that honor fallen law enforcement officers in Indiana.
The mission of the Trooper Patrick Flag Fund is to:
Honor the ultimate sacrifice made by Trooper Patrick by honoring all fallen Indiana law enforcement officers, as well as recognize the service of retired Indiana State Police troopers, while showing appreciation and gratitude to the American flag and what it represents.
Your contributions to the Trooper Patrick Flag Fund are tax deductible through the Indiana State Police Alliance (please note on the memo line your donation is for the Trooper Patrick Flag Fund). Your generous donation in any amount to the Trooper Patrick Flag Fund is greatly appreciated, and goes directly toward honoring an Indiana law enforcement officer. If each ISP Trooper could donate $5.00, the program will be well funded and able to provide a flag to honor an Indiana Law Enforcement Brother. A donation of $95.00 will provide an internment flag to honor a fallen Indiana law enforcement officer.
Praying for each of you,
The Patrick Family