When Eric Frein took the life of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II as he left the Blooming Grove state police barracks in 2014, Dickson’s family was left without a husband and father.
On Wednesday, a jury convicted Frein, 33, in the Sept. 12, 2014, attack. After deliberating for about four hours, the 12 Chester County jurors found Frein guilty on all 12 charges in his capital murder case.
Dickson, a married father of two, was killed, and a second trooper, Alex T. Douglass, was shot through the hips and left debilitated.
The Jim Thorpers bike team helped to secure contributions for the family in a time of need through its association with the Irish Pub Tour de Shore.
“It’s a good feeling to be able to do that,” Jim Thorpe Police Department Detective Lee Marzen said.
When Mark O’Connor, co-founder of the Irish Pub Tour de Shore, which raises money for families of fallen police officers and children’s charities, heard about Dickson, he reached out to Cpl. Mike Dugan of the Jim Thorpers to see if they could help.
The group immediately and unanimously approved a $5,000 donation, even though the case fell a bit outside of their normal coverage area of greater Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore.
Further assistance was provided by another connection.
“Since Cpl. Dickson was a Marine, the Irish Tour de Shore connected with the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, and provided $60,000 to his wife and children,” Marzen said.
The Thorpers are no strangers to hefty fundraising efforts, and providing help for their community.
Last year, the group’s collection of over $43,000 for the 67-mile Irish Pub Tour de Shore was the second highest contribution among all of the teams.
Marzen said that their group received a $5,000 bonus, which they were able to direct to local charities of their choice.
The group is looking forward to this summer’s upcoming Tour, hoping to provide even more assistance to the families of the fallen.
“We do it to support the law enforcement that’s out there,” Marzen said.Now, the question is whether the jury will go with the death penalty, or life in prison.
“That’s always the case, there’s concern from both sides looking for justice,” Marzen said. “I’m sure the jury is competent to decide whether to go with life in jail, or the death penalty.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.