Memorial Ceremonies for Fallen State Troopers

DUNMORE, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Troopers who made the ultimate sacrifice were honored Wednesday in Lackawanna County.

As flags whipped in the wind, troopers stood at attention at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Dunmore.

Along with many other ceremonies like it happening across the state, this memorial service was held in honor of troopers who have died.

"To be involved with all the members retired and currently serving with state police, to show their sympathy, and to show all the people who have died and sacrificed themselves for the Pennsylvania State Police," said Trooper Bob Urban.

Trooper Urban says 98 members have lost their lives on the line of duty since the Pennsylvania State Police was created in 1905.

A wreath was laid to honor their ultimate sacrifice in front of the headquarters in Lackawanna County.

"It is always great to carry on a legacy and just to recognize the individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice and died in the line of duty and just to have the ceremony to show they are not forgotten," said Trooper Urban.

"It is almost like the Marine Corps; you are in and you are going to stay in it and you are going to be loyal and you have to honor those who served before you," said Richard Kane of Scranton.

It has been almost three decades since Richard Kane retired, but he came out to show his support for his brother and sisters.

"We had a few that were killed in the line of duty that were from here, so it is to honor their memory of what they did for the state police," Kane said.

As men and women continue to put their lives on the line daily, the Pennsylvania State Police will make sure that sacrifice is not in vain.

A similar ceremony was held Wednesday in Luzerne County.

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