Honoring a fallen brother

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STURGIS, S.D. (KOTA TV) - As part of National Police week, the South Dakota Highway Patrol honored another of their fallen brothers.

Trooper Oren Hindman’s highway memorial sign was dedicated Friday morning in Sturgis.

"We feel that it's important to honor the officers that have sacrificed their lives to protect both the citizens of South Dakota and the visitors that come to South Dakota," said Major Dana Svendsen from the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

In 1985, Hindman had two people in custody and was transporting them to a police station in Spearfish. On the way, Wade Aikens stabbed Hindman in the throat. Hindman died waiting for surgery.

"He was wonderful not just from my opinion as his wife but he got into highway patrol because he wanted to help people," said Vicki Hindman.

The first of Oren’s signs is located near Exit 8 in Spearfish. Aikens is currently serving a life sentence without parole.