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

Age: 44
Served: 14 years, 3 months
Badge #: 402
Panel 27E, Line 31 (2019)
Panel L24, Line 13 (2018)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
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:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
Brookside Cemetery, Lapel

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

   He was off duty with a 74-year-old 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 lake. 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, from Anderson, was 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 at Geist Reservior in Marion County.

Historical Notes

• Sergeant Bollman is the first of five 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 13th that has originated from Madison County.

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