Durm was committed to a law enforcement career for 38 years. He also was a devoted husband and father and served his community well.
He is the second area law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty in less than two weeks when Indiana State Police Trooper Aaron N. Smith, 33, a Whiteland High School graduate and former student-athlete, was killed in the line of duty June 28. Trooper Smith’s burial was July 7 at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Durm was with an inmate inside the adult detention center on July 10 who attacked him, allegedly stole the transport van, crashed, and was apprehended.
Marion County Sheriff Kerry Forestal called the incident “an intentional act of homicide.” The suspect was later charged with two counts of murder and two more charges.
Forestall also acknowledged that Durm’s ex-wife Ramona also has worked at the sheriff’s department for several decades.
Durm was praised for his devotion to service, the community, and his four sons who enjoyed playing sports like their father. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting. Family and friends enjoyed his kindness and sense of humor.
His colleagues praised him as a “mentor,” “icon,” “genuine,” “courteous,” and “irreplaceable.”
He is survived by four sons, his parents, two stepbrothers, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Sunday at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Funeral service was conducted Monday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Marion Circuit and Superior Courts, County Probation Office, and the County Clerk’s Office at the Criminal Justice Center were closed Monday in Durm’s honor.
Contributions in John Durm’s honor may be made to: Central Indiana Police Foundation, 1525 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis, IN 46203, or online at cipf.foundation / the-deputy-john-durm-memorial-fund/
Expressions of sympathy may be shared for the Durm family at: www.crownhill.org.
While we praise Durm for his law enforcement and community service, we must encourage everyone to show respect for all law enforcement officers and to honor their presence.
We must do our part to encourage everyone to obey the law and continue to honor those who serve.