Mishawaka police officers remembered 10 years after being killed on duty


It's been 10 years since two Mishawaka police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty and Friday the department came together around the memorial to honor the fallen men.

In 2003 the two officers were shot while responding to an early morning call about shots fired.

A man opened fire on Corporal Thomas Roberts and Patrolman Bryan Verkler. Corporal Roberts died at the scene and Patrolman Verkler died later at the hospital

The gunman Raymond Glickson later shot and killed himself.

Mishawaka's Chief of Police Ken Witkowski worked with both Thomas Roberts and Bryan Verkler.

He was one of the many people who participated in the ceremony Friday afternoon to honor and remember the two officers.

There was a prayer and a moment of silence in front of the fallen officer memorial outside the police station which includes the names of the officers and the day they were killed.

Witkowski says, "Just devastating, you know, to the community and our department, you know, to lose two officers in violence like they did and so it was just a shock."

Roberts had served with Mishawaka police for 14 years and was survived by his two daughters.

Verkler was with Mishawaka police for 2 and a half years and was survived by his wife.

Assistant Chief Steve Ravotto knew both of them and fondly recalls what the two men were like.

He says, "Bryan was somebody that was just a big imposing figure but kind of like a gentle giant and Tom was a funny man. He always made everybody laugh."

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