HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania State Police held a memorial ceremony Friday to honor 96 members who have been killed in the line of duty since the agency was created in 1905.
Two troopers were killed last year. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed in an ambush outside the Blooming Grove barracks Sept. 12 and Trooper David Kedra died Sept. 30 during a training session at Montgomery County’s public safety training campus.
Trooper Alex Douglass, who was wounded in the attack on Blooming Grove, attended the ceremony in Hershey and was greeted by well-wishers.
The ceremony at the State Police Academy in Hershey also marked the 110th anniversary of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Governor Tom Wolf thanked those who have served and continue to serve.
“You have kept us safe in our communities, and in our homes, and in our families. You have kept us safe on our highways,” Wolf said.
State police troopers deployed to Baltimore as the city braces for possible protests this weekend were on the minds of everyone. Bill Hunter, who retired from the Pennsylvania State Police in 1994, is optimistic the troopers will be OK.
“They are well trained and the laws of Maryland are similar to the laws of Pennsylvania, so I don’t really see a problem,” Hunter said.
Maryland accepted an offer to send up to 300 Pennsylvania troopers after Monday night’s riot following the funeral for Freddie Gray, who suffered a spinal injury while in police custody and died a week later. Six Baltimore police officers have been charged in his death.
Acting Commissioner Marcus Brown says his troopers are ready to serve.
“Having additional law enforcement down there to ensure the safety of law enforcement and the pubic is important, so when those
requests come we are going to help,” Brown said
It is not clear when the troopers will return from Baltimore. We’re told they will remain there as long as they’re needed.