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Indiana police officers support daughter of fallen soldier in the graduation more than 10 years after his death

Lauren Rich had 39 Indiana police on her high school graduation on Saturday.

(Sgt. Tony Slocum/Twitter)

Police officers from several Indiana police departments participated in a high school graduation Saturday for the daughter of a fallen soldier more than a decade after he was killed in the line of duty.

Lauren Rich had 39 police officers from six police departments in Indiana on her Southwood Junior-Senior High School graduation on Saturday. Sgt. Tony Slocum, public information officer for the Indiana State police, said Lauren’s father, Master Trooper Detective Dave Rich, was shot and killed in 2007.

“Congratulations Lauren, we promise that we will never forget your family’s sacrifice,” Slocum tweeted along with a photo of Lauren and the 39 police officers.

Lauren Rich was 7 when her father, Master Trooper Detective Dave Rich was killed in the line of duty. Today she is a graduate of the high school with 39 of her father’s friends, six police departments, in attendance. Congrats Lauren, we promise that we will never forget your family’s sacrifice pic.twitter.com/kFMNXM4Ntz

— Sgt. Tony Slocum (@ISPPeru) June 3, 2018

Reich was investigating a reported stranded vehicle when a man opened fire through the driver’s window, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. Rich, who was not wearing a bulletproof vest, was killed after being hit in the chest.

OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN 2018

Lauren was 7 years old when her father died. Her father had been in the force for more than 17 years.

A better photo, by Harold V Chatlosh, Lauren Rich high school graduation yesterday. She was 7 when her father. Master Trooper Det. Dave Rich was killed in the line of duty. This is 39 of his friends and co-workers, from 6 police departments, the support of the Rich family pic.twitter.com/yuYemHUGxM

— Sgt. Tony Slocum (@ISPPeru) June 3, 2018

Slocum called Lauren’s father a “great guy” and said that Rich would be proud of the “young lady” his daughter has become.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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