By AMY GAREIS    News-Herald Staff Writer

FREEPORT – It took 75 years but the life of an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper murdered in the line of duty was recognized in Freeport on Thursday.

A stone memorial now stands near the former Lakeland High School (later known as Harrison Lakeland Elementary) along Ohio 800 in Freeport Township in honor of Trooper George Conn, who died on Sept. 27, 1937. The 28-year-old Zanesville native was on the force for two years when he was gunned down by suspected gang members while on patrol north of Freeport. The incident made him the first trooper killed in the line of duty in the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s history and led to the formation of the agency’s investigative unit.

Read the full story in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

Pictured above relatives of slain Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper George Conn gathered in Freeport Thursday to memorialize their loved one with a marker near the former Lakeland High School.