State police and other law enforcement departments and members of the community gathered Thursday to honor and remember Corporal Bryon Dickson.
Dickson was shot and killed Friday night in what state police are calling an “ambush.” They are continuing a massive search effort for 31-year-old Eric Frein – the person police say is responsible for the killing.
However, state police said they didn’t want the search for Frein to detract from Corporal Dickson’s funeral service Thursday morning.
“It’s scary, it’s moving,” said Maggie Perry, who attended the service. “You wonder how such a terrible thing could happen. But you admire the men and women who serve in law enforcement and do this every day.”
Perry’s husband is a Scranton police officer. She and several other people at the funeral told abc27 there is a personal connection to Dickson’s death.
“It makes it a little more real,” Perry said. “You try not to dwell on it everyday but it definitely crosses my mind. And it’s hard to see, it’s hard to be here part of this.”
“I heard that Bryon had children five and eight,” Lt. Jon Nederostek said. He attended the funeral with fellow members of the Pennsylvania State Police.
“It instantly hit me because my kids are also five and eight. So as a law enforcement community you come together, you show support – not just for Corporal Bryon Dickson and his family, but for brothers and sisters at Troop R that lost their brother there.”
Thousands of people crammed into the Cathedral of St. Peter in Scranton; thousands more packed into the street to hear the service, even if they couldn’t see it.
“At first I thought, I was hard-pressed to find one word to describe Bryon,” his best friend Corporal Derek Felsman said at the conclusion of the service. “But a quick look through Webster’s reveals one that describes him to a T – ‘impeccable.'”
“I can think of no better word to describe my best friend,” Corporal Felsman continued. “He held himself to the highest standards as evidenced in every aspect of his life.”