The Delaware State Police honored Officer Francis Ryan at a Public Servants Memorial Sign Ceremony held Aug. 29 on Philadelphia Pike at East Holly Oak Road in Wilmington.
Ryan, a member of the Delaware State Highway Police, died at the age of 31 while attempting to apprehend a speeding motorist on Philadelphia Pike on Oct. 17, 1922. Ryan’s motorcycle was struck by a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction in the area of East Holly Oak Road. He was taken to a local doctor for immediate treatment before being transported to the Delaware Hospital, where he died of injuries Nov. 2, 1922.
Dignitaries, troopers, family and friends gathered to remember Ryan.
Remarks were offered at the ceremony by Attorney General Matt Denn; Secretary of the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Robert Coupe; Delaware State Police Superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen Jr.; Lt. Thomas Brackin, of the Delaware State Troopers Association; and Lori Dougherty, grandniece of Ryan.