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Fallen Iowa police officers honored at ceremony

DES MOINES - Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens, the Des Moines Police Department, the Algona Police Department, families and other law enforcement partners on Friday honored fallen peace officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving the state of Iowa.

DES MOINES – Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens, the Des Moines Police Department, the Algona Police Department, families and other law enforcement partners on Friday honored fallen peace officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving the state of Iowa.

“Today’s ceremony is an intentional act of remembrance,” said Commissioner Bayens. “It is a time designed to give pause. It is a time to put aside that which may divide us and focus on what unites us. It is a time to reflect upon the 198 names inscribed upon these walls. It is a time to honor all those who selflessly gave their lives protecting yours. It is a time to remember the two men whose names have now been added to our memorial and the brave families who carry their memory forward.”

If you were unable to attend this year’s ceremony, we remind you there are many ways you can observe National Police Week May 12-18, 2024. Please take time to thank current peace officers for protecting and serving your community and the great State of Iowa.

2024 HONOREES:

Kevin M. Cram – Officer, Algona Police Department, End of Watch September 13, 2023

ALOGONA POLICE OFFICER KEVIN CRAM

Officer Kevin Cram, 33, was serving an arrest warrant for a suspect in Algona, Iowa, on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. Officer Cram told the suspect he was going to be arrested when the suspect opened fire, striking him. Officer Cram’s fellow officers and first responders rushed to his aid, transporting him to the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona, where he was tragically pronounced deceased.

Officer Cram served in law enforcement for 10 years and had served with the Algona PD since 2015. Officer Kevin Cram was not just an officer. He was a loving husband to Lara Cram and a devoted father to his three sons. With ten years of dedicated service in law enforcement, his commitment to his community and duty was unwavering. We honor his memory and sacrifice, grateful for his service and mourning the loss of a true hero.

Phoukham Tran – Officer, Des Moines Police Department, End of Watch November 2, 2023

Phoukham Tran

On August 19, 2011, Officer Phoukham Tran stood bravely, directing traffic in front of the Iowa State Fairgrounds main gate, embodying dedication and service to his community when he was struck by a drunk driver, leading to critical head and internal injuries that forever changed his life.

For a month, Officer Tran fought for his life at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Over the following four months in rehabilitation facilities, he displayed incredible strength and resilience, relearning the simplest of tasks we often take for granted – talking, walking, writing, and carrying out daily routines. Despite the uphill battle, Officer Tran faced this adversity with unwavering determination and grace. After dedicating 30 years of his life to serving and protecting the community with the Des Moines Police Department, Officer Tran made the difficult decision to medically retire. His legacy, however, continued to inspire all who knew him.

On November 2, 2023, Officer Phoukham Tran, passed away at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines due to injuries sustained from the crash 12 years ago. He leaves behind a legacy of courage and resilience that will forever be remembered. He is survived by his beloved wife, Chalouaiphone Tran, his two sons, six siblings, cherished grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Today, we pay tribute to Officer Tran’s selfless dedication, unwavering courage, and indomitable spirit. His impact on the community and all those who had the privilege of knowing him will forever be cherished and honored.

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