The family of Trooper Landon Weaver today joined state police, state officials, and residents in dedicating the bridge behind me in his memory.
The 23-year-old had only been on the job for six months when he was killed in December 2016 investigating a protection from abuse order. He lost his life in Juniata Township, Huntingdon County, and now the bridge on route 22 over the Juniata River in Huntingdon County will always bear his name.
Weaver’s parents, widow, and brother were the first to cross the bridge on Monday, leading a procession of state police. His wife, speaking at the ceremony said her husband first told her he wanted be a state trooper when they were in high school and becoming one was his dream.
She said he knew that the state police oath requires a trooper to lay down his or her life rather than than swerving from the path of duty, and he accepted that risk.
As Macy Weaver put it, “I knew he meant every word when he said he would law down his life. I mean we had conversations about it too, that his job was dangerous and that it could happen. you never think that it’s going to but definitely we both knew it was a possibility.”
She says Landon will be etched in her heart forever.
It was a solemn and bittersweet day for the Weaver family.
Trooper Weaver’s father Eric says, “We appreciate the prayers, the support. There’s something out there that has to keep us plugging along each day because some days are really, really tough.”
Troop G Commanding Officer Jeffrey Fisher said Trooper Weaver exhibited what is best and most prevalent in PA state troopers which is dedication.