Law enforcement community to honor Prorok in solemn Memorial


Brookings and Lake County Sheriff’s Departments are among those planning to ensure that Moody County has full law enforcement coverage on May 8th so that local officers and deputies can attend this year’s Law Enforcement Memorial Service in Pierre.
The ceremony will be incredibly poignant after the loss of local Moody County Deputy Sheriff Ken Prorok, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty in early February.
Prorok’s name this spring is being etched into the memorial, Moody County Sheriff Troy Wellman has been asked to read the list of names

The memorial serves as a powerful reminder of the dangers law enforcement officers face and their dedication to protecting their communities.
Services are set to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the state Capitol. Further details are available on the Project Blue Light-South Dakota Facebook page.
Former County Deputy Carl Brakke meanwhile, has returned to the department to fill the void left by Prorok’s death, and the entire Sheriff’s Department team has gotten a tattoo in memory of their colleague.
Prorok died after a suspect in a high speed chase swerved and hit him as he fled toward I-29 out of Madison. The suspect in that case, Joseph Hoek, is facing capital murder charges in Prorok’s death.
The next status hearing for the case is scheduled for 11 a.m. on June 20 at the Moody County Courthouse.