Slain State Trooper Landon Weaver remembered as a hero

Written by Marie Cusick | Jan 6, 2017 5:37 AM

Police from around the country gathered in Altoona to pay their respects to Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Landon Weaver, killed in the line of duty last week in Huntingdon County. Photo by Marie Cusick, WITF

(Altoona, Pa.) --  Over a thousand people attended the funeral of 23-year-old Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Landon Weaver, who was fatally shot last week while responding to a protection from abuse order violation in rural Huntingdon County. 

Trooper Weaver was eulogized by Governor Tom Wolf, members of the state police force, and his young wife, Macy Weaver. 

Governor Wolf expressed gratitude on behalf of all Pennsylvanians for Trooper Weaver's service.

"He could have done a lot of things, he was very talented," said Wolf. "But he chose to serve us."

Corporal Adam Reed is spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police, and says everyone who works in law enforcement knows it is an inherently dangerous job.

"A tragic event like this personifies that, especially when it hits so close to home. It's your duty to go out and help people and to be there in times of need and to help and serve the public," he said. 

According to his wife, Macy, Weaver had always wanted to be a state trooper and was so dedicated to the dream that he returned to training the day after they got married.

"I can honestly tell you he lived his life an honest, caring, and utmost respectful way to ensure this dream would come true," she said. 

Weaver was laid to rest in a private ceremony in Martinsburg. He is the 97th state trooper killed in the line of duty, and the first since September 2014. He was originally from East Freedom, Blair County, and joined the state police in December 2015.

Trooper Weaver's accused killer, 32-year-old James Robison, was shot following a manhunt by police a day later, when they say he threatened them and refused to surrender.

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