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Packed Northeast Iowa Gymnasium Honors Fallen State Trooper

Hundreds of people and law enforcement officers filled the Waukon High School gymnasium on Wednesday for the funeral of an Iowa State Patrol trooper who died from injuries he received in a car crash in the line of duty.

Trooper Ted Benda was hurt October 14 in a single-vehicle crash while en route to help the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office with a wanted suspect. He died in a La Crosse, Wisconsin, hospital from those injuries on October 20.

A Waukon native, the 37-year-old Benda joined the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation in 2005, transferred to the Mason City office of state patrol in 2016, and worked out of the District 10 office in Oelwein in recent years.

He is survived by his wife, Holly, and their four children, who live in Decorah. A private burial was held following the funeral.

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Mark Pitz

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