The Delaware State Police conducted their annual Police Memorial Service on May 2 at the Delaware State Police Training Academy in Dover.
The Legislative Hall Law Enforcement Ceremony was also held in Dover after the State Police Ceremony.
Fellow troopers, family members, relatives and friends gathered to remember those troopers who died in service to the state of Delaware. Twenty-four troopers have died in the line of duty since 1923.
In attendance were Gov. John C. Carney Jr.; Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long; Attorney General Matthew Denn; Secretary Robert M. Coupe, Department of Safety and Homeland Security; Col. Nathaniel McQueen Jr., superintendent of the Delaware State Police; Lt. Thomas Brackin, president of the Delaware State Troopers Association; and Eleanor Allione, Concerns of Police Survivors chapter president.
The Delaware State Police Honor Guard presented the “Colors of this Great Nation,” which was followed by Trooper First Class Janieka Cole singing the national anthem. During the memorial ceremony, Maj. Robert Hudson was called upon to conduct the roll call where he announced the names of the troopers who died while serving Delaware. After roll call, there was the Placing of the Wreath, the Rifle Volley of the 21 Gun Salute, “Amazing Grace” by the Delaware State Police Pipes and Drums and Taps by Sgt. Jonathan Packard.
“In closing, please keep all of our troopers and their families in your thoughts and prayers. On behalf of all of the Troopers, thank you for spending time with us today and honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.” said Sgt. Richard Bratz, Delaware State Police.