HARRISBURG, Pa., May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A young Pennsylvania State Police trooper who gave his life in the line of duty was remembered by his family, fellow troopers, and the public today at a memorial ceremony in Hershey. Trooper Landon Weaver was just 23 years old when he was shot and killed on December 30, 2016. He had enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in December of 2015 and was assigned to the Patrol Unit of Troop G, Huntingdon.
"Trooper Weaver exemplified the professionalism, dedication, and bravery that every member of law enforcement should display," said Colonel Tyree C. Blocker, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. "Today's events are a reminder that we will not forget his sacrifice, or the sacrifices of the troopers who laid down their lives before him."
Colonel Blocker presented the Pennsylvania State Police Cross to Trooper Weaver's wife, Macy. The award is given posthumously to the next of kin of a member whose life was lost under honorable circumstances in the performance of duty. She was joined by several members of the Weaver family.
"When Trooper Weaver enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police, he made a vow to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth at any cost, putting all of our lives above his own," Governor Tom Wolf said. "Unfortunately, he made the ultimate sacrifice on December 30, 2016. Today, and every day, we are so thankful to Trooper Weaver and his family for everything they have given."
The program at the State Police training academy marked the 112th anniversary of the department, which was created on May 2, 1905, when Governor Samuel Pennypacker signed legislation to create the first uniformed police organization of its kind in the United States. Trooper Weaver was the 97th member of the department to die in the line of duty.
"Today, we remember all of our troopers who paid the ultimate price in service of the commonwealth," said Colonel Blocker. "For more than 100 years, the courage of these men and women has been the cornerstone of the Pennsylvania State Police."
The ceremony included the unveiling of a new memorial wall and searchable computer kiosk at the academy, containing the names, pictures, and stories of each of the 97 members who have died in the line of duty. An online version of the memorial wall is available at www.psp.pa.gov.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania State Police Department