DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – The state of Indiana is solemnly commemorating the life of Master Trooper James Bailey.
Visitation is Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the County Line Church of God on East County Line Road in Auburn.
Trooper Bailey’s funeral service is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Garrett High School. The funeral will be followed by a procession around 1 p.m. that is expected to last about two hours.
A memorial fund for Trooper Bailey has been set up through Indiana Fallen Heroes. You can contribute directly to that fund online.
Trooper Bailey’s family said memorial donations can also be made directly to DeKalb Humane Society or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.
WANE 15 spoke with Mayor Tom Henry in his office, who shared a statement on the loss of Trooper Bailey.
“Any citizen who loses their life is a loss for our city, but particularly someone who has dedicated their life to serving others,” Mayor Henry said. “It’s an extremely sad period for our community, and I want the Bailey family to know they’re in our thoughts and prayers.”
Representative Jim Banks (3rd District) spoke on the House Floor and shared the story of when Trooper Bailey, off-duty, and his wife saved an 87-year-old man’s life who collapsed in a parking lot in 2010.
When he was recognized as a hero for his efforts, Trooper Bailey said, “It’s what we do. It’s what we’re trained to do, and that’s why we get into this profession.”
“He was a warrior,” Banks said.
Stream coverage of Trooper Bailey’s funeral tomorrow live on wane.com.