A memorial is being built near Waterloo to honor an Iowa State trooper who was killed in the line of duty more than 20 years ago. On June 16th, 1985, Trooper Charles Whitney was killed while working on a speed enforcement project on Interstate 380 just east of Waterloo. Whitney was issuing a citation to a motorist near Evansdale. During the traffic stop, he was struck by a passing car whose driver had apparently fallen asleep at the wheel.
Now, 21 years after his death, Whitney is being honored with a memorial marble park bench. A public dedication ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 tomorrow (Friday) morning at Meyers Lake Walkway Park in Evansdale, where the bench will be permanently placed. The bench will honor Whitney’s years of service in law enforcement. Whitney was killed two weeks before his planned retirement.