State Police from across the state gathered together in Hershey, Tuesday to remember fallen State Trooper Landon Weaver, who was killed in Huntingdon County in December serving a PFA order.
On May 2, state police come together to honor those lost and on its 112th anniversary, the department honored 97 members, killed in the line of duty.
The memorial service dates back to when the force was created in 1905.
Trooper Weaver was the latest officer killed in the line of duty.
“It was very important for us to pay respect to his family for his service,” Tyree Blocker, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, said.
Weaver’s name officially joins the department’s honor roll and his portrait hangs among 96 other honorees, including Blake Coble, who died on duty in a tractor trailer accident in 2012.
“It’s heartwarming, I think to know that they are being remembered… That they are not forgotten. Those sacrifices aren’t forgotten,” Judy Coble, mother of Trooper Coble, said.
Judy said five years later, it still hurts.
“It is painful. We’ll never get over missing him, especially when you come to a memorial service,” Coble said.
And from her own experience, she offered advice to the Weaver family.
“Just live one day at a time. You take it one day at a time,” Coble said. “And remember the good things, keep busy above all.”
The department says Weaver is part of a respected and honorable legacy.
“Each one of those individuals has made a contribution to the quality of life that we as Pennsylvanians enjoy… and we will remain with these families forever,” Blocker said.