Ceremony To Honor Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II Held in Blooming Grove

“BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP – Today, Sen. Lisa Baker and other elected officials gathered on the Exit 30 westbound off-ramp of I-84 to honor Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, the Pennsylvania State Trooper and Marine who was killed at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County, on Sept. 12, 2014.”

A sign was revealed commemorating the exit in memory of Dickson, whose family gathered for the occasion. The ceremony drew more than 100 people including members of the state police, local emergency responders and elected officials. The exit marker is a result of Senate Bill 405, legislation sponsored by Baker which gained unanimous support in the Senate and House this year before it was signed into law by the governor in July.

Baker offered the following remarks at the ceremony:

“Today we honor the memory of Corporal Bryon K. Dickson II, state trooper, Marine, capable and quality individual in every respect.  The passage of time alone does not ease the pain of this public protector and defender of freedom being lost to us.

Our hope is to make this more than the standard ceremonial event.  It is an emotional remembrance and tribute, a time for healing, and a chance to reflect on our obligations to the challenges ahead.

The loss of Bryon has given all of us a greater understanding of the risks and responsibilities of our state police and emergency responders.  We cannot take their role or their safety for granted.  We cannot afford to shortchange our force on manpower, training, or technology.

It is a hard lesson that a small, rural Pennsylvania community is not a sanctuary from hate.

Out of the darkness of this tragedy, we witnessed so much good from many who are here today.  To those who searched, responded, granted aid, provided help, showed kindness, and offered a prayer, we extend a heartfelt thank you.

Every time we pass this exit, this sign will be a reminder of the sacrifice of a true hero.  To his family, friends, colleagues and admirers, this is an assurance that we will never forget a life defined by service and contribution.

Thank you and God Bless.”

Contact:

Andrew M. Seder
aseder@pasen.gov
(570) 226-5960

Among the more than 100 people attending the dedication of the Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson, II Exit of I-84 in Blooming Grove Township on Oct. 2, were, from left, Pike County Treasurer John Gilpin, Pike County Sheriff Phil Bueki, Pike County Prothonotary Denise Fitzpatrick, Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin, Pike County Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds Sharon Schroeder, Pike County Coroner Kevin Stroyan, Gov. Tom Wolf, Tiffany Dickson, widow of Cpl. Dickson, Sen. Lisa Baker, Col. Tyree C. Blocker, acting commissioner of Pennsylvania State Police, Pike County Commissioner Matt Osterberg, Lt. Col. George Bivens, State police, Pike County Commissioner Rich Caridi, and Rep. Mike Peifer. Photos Courtesy of the Governor’s Office.

The black drape is removed from the green and white highway exit sign during a dedication ceremony Oct. 2 along the Exit 30 off ramp of I-84 in Blooming Grove Township. Among those looking on are Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Lisa Baker, members of the Blooming Grove Vol. Fire Co., members of the Pennsylvania State Police and the family of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson, II, who was killed on duty at the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks on Sept. 12, 2014.

Tiffany Dickson, widow of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson, II gets emotional as Sen. Lisa Baker and Rep. Mike Peifer present her and her family replica signs of the official sign erected at Exit 30 of I-84 in Blooming Grove Township designating it as the Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson, II Exit. Gov. Tom Wolf looks on during the Oct. 2 ceremony.

Sen. Lisa Baker shares an embrace with Tiffany Dickson, widow of slain state police Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson, II at a ceremony in Blooming Grove marking the unveiling of an interstate exit sign bearing his name.