Slain trooper eu­lo­gized as

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

SCRAN­TON, Pa. (AP) — Cpl. Bryon Dick­son was an im­pec­ca­ble of­fi­cer who put his fam­ily first, friends and col­leagues said Thurs­day at the slain state po­lice trooper’s fu­neral as a man­hunt for his killer con­tin­ued 40 miles away.

Dick­son “was no or­di­nary trooper,” po­lice Com­mis­sioner Frank Noo­nan told hun­dreds of mourners gath­ered at St. Peter’s Cathe­dral in Scran­ton.

Dick­son, 38, was gunned down late Fri­day out­side his ru­ral bar­racks in the Po­cono Moun­tains. The days since have been “a whirl­wind ... fu­eled by stress and gal­lons of cof­fee,” Noo­nan said.

Po­lice are still search­ing for the sus­pected shooter, 31-year-old Eric Frein. He’s charged with killing Dick­son and wound­ing an­other trooper in an am­bush that au­thor­i­ties said was likely fu­eled by his ha­tred of law en­force­ment. Schools near the Bloom­ing Grove bar­racks shut down a sec­ond day Thurs­day even as po­lice said it’s likely law en­force­ment, not the pub­lic, would be the tar­get of any fur­ther vi­o­lence.

Mourners at­tend­ing Dick­son’s fu­neral Mass gath­ered “in sor­row, dis­be­lief and anger,” the Rev. Thomas Mul­downey said, but he asked them to fo­cus on the pos­i­tive im­pact that Dick­son made dur­ing his life.

Dick­son, a Ma­rine Corps veteran who joined the state po­lice in 2007, had worked as a pa­trol unit su­per­vi­sor in the bar­racks since June.

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