HERSHEY, Pennsylvania (WTAJ) — Soldiers gathered at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy to honor the fallen Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) officers and highlight the department’s 118th anniversary.
The PSP honored the sacrifices of the division’s fallen members on Saturday at a memorial dedicated to those members in Hershey.At the ceremony, the names of all 103 members who died were read out. .
Trooper Monty Mitchell, who served in Dubois with C Force, became the 103rd name added to the memorial wall. Trooper Mitchell died after suffering a medical emergency while on duty on February 8, 2021.
An online version of the memorial wall is available on the Pennsylvania State Police website. website.
Governor Josh Shapiro and Mrs. Lori Shapiro also attended the event.
“Our fallen soldiers are making the ultimate sacrifice for Pennsylvania.
Take days like today to gather and honor their lives of service and reaffirm what we will never, never forget,” said Governor Shapiro. “Pennsylvania State Police Men and Women
I go to work every day to protect and serve our community.the police are aristocrats
profession, and now more than ever, we need to have police backing.
The administration is working to make a historic investment in state police.i am committed to
Making sure our troopers and their families get the help and support they deserve, wherever they are.
corner of our Commonwealth. ”
The ceremony also included a moment of silence and a rifle salute.
Pennsylvania Police Commissioner Col. Christopher Parris said, “Each name inscribed on the memorial wall is the name of a member who gave his life rather than straying from the path of duty. Today, we recognize their contribution.” We remember the price they paid and the sacrifices their families made to ensure that was never forgotten.
The Pennsylvania State Police was established by law signed by Governor Samuel.
On May 2, 1905, W. Pennypacker became the first uniformed police force of its kind.
The department started with just 228 men but has grown to 4,740 enlisted men and women supported by more than 1,700 civilian personnel, making it the 10th largest law enforcement agency in the country. .
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