Governor Reynolds has released the following statement today on the passing of Iowa State Patrol Trooper Ted Benda, a 16-year veteran of the Iowa Department of Public Safety:

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Iowa State Patrol Trooper Ted Benda,” said Reynolds. “Kevin and I join with Iowans in mourning the loss of this dedicated servant and we keep his family, friends and fellow brothers and sisters in uniform in our thoughts and prayers as they cope with this devastating loss. Tragic events like this are a somber reminder of how precious life is and of the unwavering, selfless sacrifice our brave men and women in law enforcement make every day."  

Flags in Iowa will be ordered to be flown at half-staff on the day of Trooper Benda’s funeral. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.