WYOMING — State police across the state held memorial services Wednesday morning to honor troopers killed in the line of duty.
At the annual service at the Wyoming Barracks in Luzerne County, state police also remembered a corrections officer who died earlier this year.
Current and retired troopers at the state police barracks in Wyoming laid a wreath and read the names of the 10 troopers from Troop P who have died on the job. Since Pennsylvania founded the law enforcement agency 108 years ago, 94 troopers have been killed across the state.
“Everytime these men put on a uniform, every time they get in that patrol car, they’re putting their lives on the line for the people of this state,” said Sgt. Chester Zaremba, retired trooper.
The memorial service was not just for state police. Troopers also honored other law enforcement officers, who lost their lives in the line of duty.
When corrections officer Eric Williams was killed earlier this year by an inmate at the federal prison in Wayne County hundreds of people from across the northeast paid their respects at a public viewing at the high school Williams graduated from in Nanticoke.
Sgt. Zaremba didn’t know Williams but says he waited two hours in line to give his condolences to the family.
“When we lost Eric Williams, we lost a significant part of our law enforcement family. Whether it’s troopers, the local police, federal officials or the correction officers, everyone has a very dangerous job, everyone puts their life on the line.”
And while many people will enjoy a long weekend of picnics and parties over Memorial Day, many of these troopers will be on the clock.
“It’s a big holiday weekend,” said State Police Lt. Michael Kreidler. “It’s basically the first weekend of the summer, go out and be safe and enjoy.”