State police to honor 93 fallen troopers
The Pennsylvania State Police will remember 93 of their members who were killed in the line of duty during a memorial ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the state police academy located at 175 E. Hersheypark Drive, in Hershey, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced.
The event is open to the public.
"This annaul ceremony reminds us that any of our members may be called upon at any time to lay down his or her life rather than swerve from the path of duty," Pawlowski said.
He said special tribute will be paid to two troopers slain in the line of duty since last year's memorial service. They were Trooper Joshua Miller, who was shot and killed June 7, 2009, while rescuing a kidnapped child in Monroe County, and Trooper Paul G. Richey, who died from a gunshot wound suffered while responding to a domestic incident in Venango County on Jan.13.
"We owe it to these men and their families to remember forever their bravey and devotion to duty," Pawlowski said.
He said the program also will mark the 105th anniversary for the state police, which was created on May 2, 1905, by legislation signed by Gov. Samuel W. Pennypacker. It will also mark the 50th anniversary of the first cadet class to receive training at the current academy. Members of that class, which graduated on June 29, 1960, will be special guests at the event, Pawlowski said.
In addition, an open house will be held at the state police historical, education and memorial center on the academy grounds following the memorial service.
For more information visit www.psp.state.pa.us or call (717) 783-5556.