The 48-day manhunt for the suspect who ambushed two Pennsylvania State troopers at the Blooming Grove barracks inspired a poignant community appreciation event that is showcased on the “Baker Report,” the monthly cable TV show featuring Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20th).
Baker served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Nov. 18 “Pocono Proud, PSP Strong” program, held at the Pocono Mountain East High School in Swiftwater, Monroe County. Also on hand that day and featured on the show are Gov. Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, PEMA Director Glenn Cannon, U.S. Marshal Martin Pane, and other federal, state, county and local elected officials. Several high school students also performed moving renditions of “God Bless America” and the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
“Tragic circumstances test the character of a community,” Baker said. “Amidst the sadness of the loss of one state trooper — Bryon Dickson — and the serious wounding of another — Alex Douglass — hundreds of people responded with contributions and gestures and sacrifices that inspired and comforted.”
Baker’s half-hour cable program salutes the many business, nonprofits and individuals who supported the first responders and grieving family. Certificates of recognition, signed by Gov. Corbett, Sens. Baker and John Blake, Senator-Elect Mario Scavello, and Reps. Rosemary Brown and Mike Peifer, were issued.
“The manhunt taught us how an effort can rise above politics and protocols and rivalries in the name of public safety,” Baker said. “Because of the individuals we have recognized, we have countless reasons to be Pocono Proud.”
Baker’s television program airs on Channel 7 of Adams Cable Service; Channel 13 on Blue Ridge Communications in the Poconos; Channel 19 on Scranton’s Electric City TV; and Berwick’s Channel 10 on Metrocast Communications. Please check local listings for broadcast times. The program is also accessible on her website at www.SenatorBaker.com under the Media Center tab.
Andrew M. Seder (570 226-5960)