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Iowa State Patrol Trooper Ted Benda dies from car crash injuries

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Trooper Ted Benda

LA CROSSE, Wis. (KWWL) - An Iowa State Patrol Trooped died in the hospital Wednesday afternoon, after being seriously injured in a car crash last Thursday Oct. 14.

Trooper Ted Benda, stationed at the District 10 office in Oelwein, was driving to assist the Clayton County Sheriff's Office on Thursday when he crashed

The Iowa State Patrol posted a memorial message to Trooper Benda and his family on Wednesday.

"He is not only a valuable part of the Department of Public Safety, but he was more importantly a loving husband, father, son, and brother," ISP wrote.

Benda is survived by his wife Holly and four children. He also leaved behind his parents and other family members.

Governor Kim Reynolds released a statement on Trooper Benda's passing:

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Iowa State Patrol Trooper Ted Benda,” Reynolds said. “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."  

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