Slain trooper eulogized as
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.