Slain State Trooper, A Penn State Grad, Remembered

Slain state trooper and Penn State graduate Cpl. Bryon Dickson was laid to rest last week as police forces continue to search for the man they believe ambushed him outside the police headquarters on Sept. 12.

Hundreds of Dickson’s friends and colleagues attended the service in Scranton. According to the Morning Call, police from as far as Alaska came to the service. After serving in the Marines for four years following high school, Dickson enrolled at the Penn State Worthington Scranton campus in 1999. An active member of the Penn State community, Dickson was a student in the honors program and served as a Lion Ambassador during his time at the commonwealth campus. Dickson was also a talented athlete who started as the team’s third baseman before finally making the transfer to University Park.

Dickson graduated from Penn State in 2003 with a degree in administration of justice and a minor in sociology. Similar to many Penn State graduates, he met his wife Tiffany while studying at Penn State Worthington. They married in August 2004, three years before Dickson made the decision to join the Pennsylvania State Police.

According to, Penn State spokesperson Lisa Powers said, “Our hearts go out to family, colleagues, and friends of Trooper Dickson. Our prayers are with all law enforcement officials who put their lives on the line for the communities they serve.”

Police believe Eric Frein was the gunman who ambushed Dickson and fellow officer Alex Douglass outside the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove during a routine shift change. Cpl. Dickson’s death rocked the police community, as the search continues for the suspected perpetrator.

He leaves behind his wife and two sons. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dickson family.

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Jon Deasy

is a senior majoring in criminology from the Steel City. You can find him at the Rathskeller on a Saturday or in the library at four in the morning. He plans to attend law school in the future and enjoys writing about college kids committing the most comical crimes in State College. When he’s not busy, he’s aimlessly staring at his Twitter, @jon_deasy. You can reach him via email at [email protected].

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