Sergeant
Edward Ronald Bollman
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Age: 44
Served: 14 years, 3 months
Badge #:
Not Included
Included (2018)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Drowned
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
11:50 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
7651 West County Road 500 North near Frankton
Incident County:
Madison
Incident Township:
Jackson
Weapon Used:
None
Suspect Disposition:
None
Burial Place:
Brookside Cemetery, Lapel

   Sergeant Bollman drowned while attempting a water rescue in a pond at Camp Kikthawenund southwest of Frankton.

   He was off duty with a close friend when they were reported missing, at 9:00 pm, six hours after their departure on an ice fishing trip and failed to return. Their vehicle was located at the camp and a large hole was seen in the ice-covered pond. Emergency crews responded and recovered their bodies in 20 feet of water at 11:50 pm.

   An investigation revealed the close friend had suffered a massive heart attack before falling into the water. Sergeant Bollman drowned after entering the water in an attempt to rescue him and render aid.

   Sergeant Bollman is survived by his wife, Belinda; son, Hunter; parents, Ronald and Nancy; brother, Ben; three sisters, Ronda Osenbaugh, Rebecca (George) Sears and Jessica (Kevin) Carey; and maternal grandmother, Imelda Vores.

   In 2012, he received the department's Meritorious Service Award for saving the life of a near-drowning victim on Geist Reservoir.


This memorial honors an officer whose eligibility has been preliminarily determined to meet the criteria of a line of duty death.

Historical Notes

• Sergeant Bollman is the first of four Indiana line of duty deaths in 2018.
• He is the third line of duty death of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
• His line of duty death is the ninth that has originated from Madison County.

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