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March 14, 1961 - March 31, 1998


Hometown: Mooresville, Indiana
Appointed: December 19, 1987
District: Putnamville

Senior Trooper Pat Bartram, Indiana State Police

Senior Trooper James Bartram was killed in a two-vehicle accident on State Road 144 near Waverly Indiana.  Senior Trooper Bartram, from Mooresville, had served with the Indiana State Police for over 10 years, and was assigned to the Putnamville post. He was survived by his brother who was also a trooper from the same post, and his three sisters. 

Pat was appointed an Indiana State Trooper December 19, 1987.  He was a 5th-degree Black Belt in Ish-In-ryu Karate.  He loved sports, if he wasn’t playing basketball, football, or running he was watching them on TV.  Pat always loved life.  He had five great loves: his God, his family, his friends, his career, and his karate.  His relationship with each was sustained with love built with character.  Most of all Pat was loyal to his loves.   Loyalty is like a river that flows both ways, as it should be.  He was honest and fair with everyone who came into his life, including himself.  He possessed courage, not just being a Policed Officer, but in always doing the right thing.  Not because it was popular, but because it was right.  Pat focused on the important things in life: Discipline, Character, Honesty, Contribution, and Perseverance.  He never gave up.  As we think of this situation, we find peace in knowing that Pat gave his life in a career he truly loved.  A career that made both his family and friends proud.  A career where each day he contributed or gave himself back to each of us.


God knows his spirit will live on in the lives of those who touched.  Never give up and always, always, be true to yourself.