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Pa. State Police pay tribute to fallen comrades

By Kevin Fitzsimmons, Web Producer
Published On: May 02 2013 01:06:59 PM CDT
PSP memorial service

Patrick Manwiller/69 News

READING, Pa. -

Pennsylvania State Police paused Thursday to honor troopers who've made the ultimate sacrifice.

Troopers gathered outside the Troop L headquarters in Reading for a special memorial service. They placed a wreath near the statue of Tpr. Philip Melley, who was shot and killed in Douglass Township in 1957.

Melley is one of 12 members of the Reading troop to die in the line of duty.

"Many of us worked with some of those individuals, and it's a part of who we are. They're our brother," said Capt. Dante Orlandi, Pa. State Police.

State police hosted the service on May 2 because it was that day in 1905 that the governor signed legislation creating the state police.