Family affair at State Police graduation ceremony

The Pennsylvania State Police held its 139th cadet graduation on Friday at the Milton Hershey School.

Trooper Brian Irvin was one of 91 cadets who received their badges.

For Irvin, it was special. His grandfather, Francis O’Rourke, and his uncle, Derry Township Police Chief Patrick O’Rourke, were on stage to hand him his grandfather’s badge.

“I was speechless to have them on stage,” Irvin said. “I am third generation in the family to go into law enforcement, and it has been a dream of mine.”

Irvin is a Penn State graduate who played football for the Nittany Lions. He earned the Charles B. Gesford marksmanship award, but he says the highlight of the ceremony was paying tribute to Trooper Bradley Wilson, who was given the State Police Purple Heart.

Wilson was shot twice in September 2013 as he tried to serve a search warrant in Jefferson County.

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