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In solemn ceremony, State Police remember 96 killed in line of duty

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | May 1, 2015 1:48 PM
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The wife of slain Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Bryon Dickson embraces members of the Lebanon Quilters Guild after they present her with a quilt.

(Hershey) -- A ceremony to remember all members of the State Police who have died in the line of duty took on added significance this year, coming in the wake of two tragic deaths last September.

With patriotic music playing in the background, two captains read 96 names, starting with Private John Henry in 1906.

Two names were added to the Honor Roll - Corporal Bryon Dickson and Trooper David Kedra.

Corporal Douglass was killed during an ambush on the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County.

Just 17 days later, Kedra died during an accidental shooting while training in Montgomery County.

Acting State Police Commissioner Colonel Marcus Brown says the event is anything but routine.

"As the names and the dates roll by, we are reminded of the men and women who cared enough to want to make a difference. They cared enough to disregard the low pay, the public scorn, the lousy hours, or the daily risks. They cared enough to put on a uniform and a badge," says Brown.

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A riderless horse, named Dickson in memory of slain Corporal Bryon Dickson, stood with the State Police Mounted Honor Guard.

First, taps echoed through the crowd.

The air stood silent.

Then, a firing party offered a salute, and a State Police helicopter flew over the crowd of about 200.

Finally, four State Police troopers saluted the list of names killed in the line of duty, each one carved in stone.

Their boots hit the ground, and they quietly marched on.

The families of the two state police troopers killed last year were both presented with quilts from the Lebanon Quilters Guild.

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