(Waukon, IA) -- Friends and family gathered today (Wednesday) to say goodbye to Iowa State Patrol Trooper Ted Benda, who died after an October 14th crash while responding to a call north of Postville in northeast Iowa. Benda was a 16-year veteran of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
Benda was 37. He leaves behind a wife and four daughters.
Benda is the 12th Iowa State Patrol Trooper to die in the line of duty. He is the second this year to die in the line of duty. Sgt. Jim Smith was shot and killed during a standoff in Grundy Center.