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Jul 28, 2011 8:59 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

La. State Police celebrate 75 years

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The State Police celebrated its 75th anniversary by remembering troopers killed in the line of duty and honoring those who have worn the agency's badge.
State Police Col. Mike Edmonson told people attending an anniversary celebration Wednesday that fallen troopers will not be forgotten.
According to agency records, 25 troopers have been killed while on duty since 1922, the year the Louisiana Highway Commission, which later became the State Police, was created.
The Advocate reports the most recent death came last year when Senior Trooper Duane Dalton died from injuries he suffered in a vehicle crash.
The agency has a force of 1,050 men and women responsible for all elements of criminal and highway safety in the state.

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