Today is the 116th anniversary of the Pennsylvania State Police, as the department was founded on this date back in 1905. PSP is also taking the day as an opportunity to honor their fallen Troopers. For them, today is a day of both celebration and reflection.
On May 2nd, 1905, Governor Samuel Pennypacker created the Pennsylvania State Police Department with a total of 228 Troopers.
Over a century later, that has grown to over 4,700 across the Commonwealth.
Over the last year, with the pandemic slowing society down and a number of Troopers falling in the line of duty in recent months, today also strikes a solemn tone, as PSP released this tribute video this morning, pausing to remember those who lost their lives: “99 troopers laid down their lives rather than swerve from the path of duty” said Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Trooper Christopher Fox of Troop G says it’s also an opportunity to recognize perseverance.
“It’s been a very long and difficult year for everybody but I think it’s just a testament to our ability to overcome any situation and I truly do believe there’s light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.
Despite the challenges of the past year, and of the 115 years before that, Fox says the pride of being in the PSP and serving the community makes it all worth it.
“I believe that, not just speaking for myself but the rest of the department, that it’s a true honor to put on the uniform for the Pennsylvania State Police,” Trooper Fox stated. “It makes us very proud as a department to know that we’re part of what we believe is the best police department in the United States.”
In addition, Governor Wolf declared May 2nd as Pennsylvania State Police day in the Commonwealth.
The tribute video for all troopers who have died can be found on the Pennsylvania State Police Facebook page.