Deputy Chief
Gary Lynn Martin
Lake County Sheriff's Department
Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Age: 63
Served: 28 years, 7 months
Badge #:
Military Service: U.S. Army
Panel 29E, Line 25
Panel L22, Line 11

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Bicycle accident
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
12:30 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
State Road 63 about two miles south of Interstate 74 near Perrysville
Incident County:
Vermillion
Incident Township:
Highland
Weapon Used:
Commercial automobile
Suspect Info:
No charges filed
Burial Location:
Saint Mary's Russian Orthodox Cemetery, Gary

   Deputy Chief Gary Martin and Lieutenant Gary Dudley, of the Indiana State Police, were struck and killed while they were participating in a charity bicycle ride for the Indiana chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors.

   Both officers were representing their agencies while riding with seven other active and retired officers and one civilian survivor on a 102-mile leg on the seventh day of the 13-day, 1,058-mile bike ride that traveled the perimeter of the state.

   The cyclists were riding southbound on State Road 63 about two miles south of Interstate 74 near Perrysville. The driver of a freight truck rear-ended their support van. The van, which was then pushed into the group of riders, had a large banner warning of the cyclists and was using flashing amber lights at the time of the collision.

   Deputy Chief Martin and Lieutenant Dudley died at the scene as a result of their injuries. One of the other cyclists and the drivers of both vehicles were injured.

   Deputy Chief Martin had previously served with the Gary Police Department for 25 years. He was survived by his wife, a son who serves as a lieutenant with the Gary Police Department, daughter, three sisters and two brothers, one of whom serves as a reserve sergeant with the Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Police Department. His brother-in-law, Lieutenant Thurman E. Sharp, of the Marion County Sheriff's Department, was killed in the line of duty on December 25, 1988.

   In 2007, State Road 63 from State Road 32 to Interstate 74 in Vermillion County was dedicated the Gary E. Dudley and Gary L. Martin Memorial Highway in their honor.