Work Begins on Memorial Garden for Troopers


PIKE COUNTY  (WBRE/WYOU) Nearly two years after a deadly ambush outside the state police barracks in Pike County — construction on a memorial garden in remembrance of the tragedy is now underway.
    Designers hope the space will be a place where troopers and the entire community can come together.
    Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has the details.

There is a lot of work going on this week outside the Blooming Grove barracks of the Pennsylvania State police — but it has nothing to do with an emergency.
    Nearly two years after Corporal Bryon Dickson was shot and killed — and Trooper Alex Douglass injured — a memorial garden is being constructed.

“We’re honored to be here, to do this project for everybody that’s associated with it” Tim Gibbs, Brick House Garden Center

    On Thursday… Crews were setting pavers and excavating land that will be used in the memorial.
“There’s different people from the community donating their time and effort and materials for the project” Added Gibbs

    The memorial garden was designed by the Penn State Master Gardeners of Pike County.
    It will feature a walkway down to a patio with benches and flowers.
    There will also be a memorial marker.

“It’s going to be a four-foot high, slant monument, three-foot wide, four foot high” Said Kevin Stroyan, Tri-State Memorial Company

    For those working on the project — they say it is meaningful.
    They lived through the seven-week manhunt for the man believed responsible for the ambush.

“it was very troubling and to be in the area for the whole month of everything that was going on — here and down in Barrett Township” added Gibbs
Workers expect the construction to be complete by the end of the next week.
    They’re hoping to dedicate the Memorial Garden on September 12, the second anniversary of Corporal Bryon Dickson’s death.


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