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‘Devoted’ Wyss remembered by cycling cops

July 16, 2012

Decatur Police Officer Jerrold J. "Jerry" Wyss, who was killed in the line of duty on October 23, 2001.

    When Cops Cycling for Survivors visited the Decatur area last week, their first stop was at the grave site of Decatur Police Officer Jerrold J. "Jerry" Wyss, who was killed in the line of duty on October 23, 2001.
    Wyss, a 1991 graduate of Bellmont High School, was killed while on his way to assist another officer in pursuit of a vehicle whose passengers had been firing a gun into a residence in rural Adams County.
    The patrol car Wyss was driving flipped several times near the Indiana-Ohio border on US 224, ejecting him from the vehicle. The officer Wyss was assisting continued the chase into neighboring Ohio before calling off the pursuit. The suspects were never apprehended.
    Wyss, who was 29 at the time of his death, is survived by his wife, Amanda (Heyerly) Wyss Sutter, and son, as well as several other family members.
    "Jerry was a devoted husband, father, and officer," said Wyss' brother, Joe.    
    Each year, Cops Cycling for Survivors visit Wyss' gravesite in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery to honor and remember the fallen hero, along with Wyss' loved ones.
     In 2002, US 224E from CR 200 E to CR 700 E in Adams County was dedicated as the Jerrold J. Wyss Memorial Highway in his honor.

    Dozens of police officers and others ended the first week of a fundraising bicycle ride around Indiana by arriving in the hometown of a slain officer to whom this year’s ride is dedicated.
    The riders in the 10th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors trip arrived at the Terre Haute Police Department on Sunday as they ended that day’s 98-mile ride from Kentland in northwestern Indiana.
    The Terre Haute stop came days after the one-year anniversary of city Officer Brent Long’s shooting death. He was killed as he and other officers tried to arrest a wanted man.
    Terre Haute Officer Pete Horstman tells the Tribune-Star he’s riding with the leash Long used with his police dog wrapped around his shoulders to remember one of his best friends.
    —The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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