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Name of North Iowa Police Officer Added to Memorial

The name of a north Iowa policeman has been added to the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial in Des Moines. 

Iowa Public Safety Commissioner Stephen Bayens hosted ceremonies at the site on the state capitol grounds last Friday (05.10), honoring Algona Police Officer Kevin Cram, He was shot and killed last September serving an arrest warrant for 43-year-old Kyle Ricke of Algona, accused of his murder.

Bayens saluted Cram, who was just 33-years-old.

Bayens added that Cram, who also served with Nora Springs Police from 2013 to 2015, was not just a police officer.

Governor Kim Reynolds also spoke of Cram at the ceremony.

Also added to the memorial is the name of Des Moines Police officer Phoukham Tran, who died in November 2023 after a long struggle to recover from being struck by a drunk driver as he directed traffic outside the Iowa State Fair in 2011.

Reynolds said both men were fathers, husbands and amazing individuals.

Cram and Tran also received a 21-gun salute in their honor. 


Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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