“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.”
Andrew M. Seder