ROCK RAPIDS—A white Ford F-150 pickup truck sits outside the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center in Rock Rapids.
The patrol vehicle is covered in colorful flowers, balloons and notes in memory of Stephanie Jean Schreurs of Larchwood.
The 60-year-old Lyon County Sheriff’s Office deputy died Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 13, at a Sioux Falls, SD, hospital from injuries she suffered in an SUV crash early Friday morning, Aug. 9, near Rock Rapids.
Visitation with family present will be held 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Larchwood.
A Scripture service will begin at 7 p.m. at the church.
Funeral services for Schreurs will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD.
In lieu of flowers, an official memorial fund has been established in honor of Schreurs at Security Savings Bank in Larchwood, although people may donate to the fund at any of the bank’s branches across the region.
According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, “The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is thankful for the outpouring of support they have received from the surrounding law enforcement agencies, first responders, medical staff and community.”
The sheriff’s office announced on Wednesday, Aug. 14, on its Facebook page that a patrol vehicle had been placed in front of the law enforcement center at 410 S. Boone St. in Rock Rapids and asked people to place tributes to Schreurs on it.
The pickup truck has been decorated with all kinds of memorials and the front window is covered in the “Thin Blue Line” logo, a symbol that represents support for law enforcement agencies across the United States.
In a post on its Facebook page, the sheriff’s office thanked people for stopping by the patrol vehicle memorial to pay their respects to Schreurs:
“We serve an awesome community and can’t say thank you enough! Keep the prayers coming in the days and weeks to come!”
According to the Iowa State Patrol, the single-vehicle crash involving Schreurs occurred at about 5:30 a.m. on Lyon County road K52 about a quarter mile south of 160th Street on the southeast edge of Rock Rapids.
Schreurs, a 24-year law enforcement veteran, was driving a police sport utility vehicle — a white 2018 Ford Explorer — north on county road K52 in nonemergency status as it entered a sharp curve.
She apparently lost control of the SUV, which left the two-lane paved road to the west, entered a ditch, struck an embankment for a private driveway, vaulted and rolled.
The vehicle came to a stop on its driver’s side on the gravel driveway, facing south.
According to the state patrol, Schreurs — who was wearing her seat belt — was extricated by non-mechanical means from the SUV, which was totaled.
Schreurs, who suffered incapacitating injuries in the wreck, first was taken by the Lyon County Ambulance to Avera Merrill Pioneer Hospital in Rock Rapids.
She then was transported by an air ambulance to Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls for treatment.
“Please keep the Schreurs family and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the state patrol said in a statement.
A technical collision investigation of the crash is being completed by the state patrol, which was assisted at the scene by the sheriff’s office, the Lyon County Ambulance and Rock Rapids Fire and Rescue.
The wreck was the third one involving a motor vehicle that resulted in a fatality in Lyon County this year, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation.