Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter (left) visited retired ISP Col. Robert (Bob) Cline (center) at the River Terrace Health Campus this week with some of Cline’s other friends, including Jim White (right).
Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter (left) visited retired ISP Col. Robert (Bob) Cline (center) at the River Terrace Health Campus this week with some of Cline’s other friends, including Jim White (right).
A Madison resident had a visit from some special friends this week.

Robert (Bob) Cline, a retired Indiana State Police colonel, is a resident at the River Terrace Health Campus in downtown Madison.

Some of his brothers in blue from ISP, friends from Madison, and his daughter came together to make a surprise stop Wednesday afternoon to visit the 92-year-old Cline.

They let The Madison Courier and WKMNews sit in with them as they shared memories of decades of their service to Hoosiers.

Cline’s daughter, Mandy, and his friends, Jim White, Jim Grant and Dave Adams and State Police troopers Nate Adams and Stephen Stoneking joined the ISP superintendent, Douglas Carter, while Cline regaled them with stories from his extensive law enforcement career.

After serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II and earning a two-year certificate from Indiana University’s Institute of Criminal Law Administration, Cline joined the Indiana State Police as a trooper. Cline rose from the lowest ranks in ISP to serve in the superintendent’s office as the second in command to Supt. John T. Shettle. As an officer, Cline had served in several counties throughout southeastern Indiana.

After officially retiring from law enforcement, Cline applied his knowledge of computers to build a website — MadisonCameRunning.com — to serve the community he and his late wife, Rita, made their home. His website is well-known for its sharing of photos and stories of local people and visitors as well as its attention to the Madison Regatta and many other special events of the city.

There were “war stories” and laughs before Supt. Carter presented Cline with an Honorary Superintendent Badge as a thank you for his years of dedicated service.

For a video of some of the special moments from that visit, go to WKMNews.com and get Saturday’s Madison Courier for more about the “colonel” as Bob Cline’s friends call him.

Courier staff writer Tali Hunt can be reached at (812) 265-3641 or at thunt@madisoncourier.com