The family of Ken Dalton, the Pennsylvania State Police trooper who held on to the side of a tractor trailer while its driver, Harold Davis Jr., led officers on a pursuit on Interstate 176 in southern Berks County, released the following statement on Friday:
"I would like to thank everyone for all the prayers and well wishes during a very tense day for myself and my children. My husband, Trooper Dalton, was brought home to us safely the evening of Nov. 14, 2013 following the traffic stop on I-176.
"He [Tpr. Dalton] did what he has been trained to do and in a very dangerous situation kept his clarity about him. This allowed him to keep himself from any further danger that could have transpired.
"Some are referring to him [Tpr. Dalton] as a hero, but his is not doing anything that any other trooper or officer in that situation would not have done. Yes, he is brave and courageous and my children and I are proud he belongs to us.
"At the same time, I am extremely grateful for and have to thank Ofc. Logic, Ofc. Tranovich and the chief of Caernarvon Township Police Dept. They too are all very brave as they never left my husband alone.
"It is with great honor that I get to call this wonderful man [Tpr. Dalton] my husband, my children get to call him daddy. We all have the honor of calling the other officers family.
"Please keep all these fine, brave men and their families in your thoughts, too, along with all their fellow troopers and officers in your thoughts every day as they have a thankless job, that many take for granted.
"Again, THANK YOU to everyone who helped keep my husband safe yesterday and to everyone whether we know you personally or not for the well wishes and prayers."
Rachael Dalton & children