DERRY TWP., Pa. — The Pennsylvania State Police marked their 117th anniversary on Monday by honoring troopers who made the last word sacrifice.
A 21-gun salute and the sound of a trumpet echoed on the ceremony, which was held at PSP’s academy in Derry Township, Dauphin County.
The ceremony honored the troopers who misplaced their lives within the line of responsibility, together with Troopers Martin Mack and Branden Sisca, each of whom have ties to Berks County. They have been killed in March, when the police stated a drunk driver struck them and one other man on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia.
Every of their names and biographies have been learn aloud.
Mack was a graduate of Albright Faculty in Studying and had been a state trooper since 2014.
“Trooper Mack enlisted within the Pennsylvania State Police as a member of the 141st cadet class,” a state trooper stated on the ceremony.
Sisca frolicked as a firefighter in Spring Township earlier than becoming a member of the state police final 12 months.
“Trooper Sisca enlisted within the Pennsylvania State Police as a member of the 161st cadet class,” stated a state trooper.
Plaques of their honor at the moment are a part of a wall at a state police memorial with the names of 102 fallen troopers on it.
“State Police Colonel Robert Evanchick stated: ‘Troopers Mack and Sisca made the last word sacrifice. They each had vibrant careers forward of them and it saddens me to know they’re lives have been senselessly lower brief,'” stated a state trooper.