BLOOMING GROVE, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — This week marks seven years since Eric Frein shot and killed State Police Corporal Bryon Dickson, as he was leaving the Blooming Grove State Police barracks to go home.
Eyewitness News spoke with the Pike County District Attorney about how the county is keeping his memory alive.
“The events of that night of September 12th are still a tragedy that runs through this community. It’s hard to believe sometimes that had happened and certainly hard to believe that it’s seven years ago,” District Attorney Ray Tonkin said.
On September 12, 2014 Eric Frein ambushed troopers during a shift change at the Blooming Grove State Police barracks, shooting at them from a distance. Corporal Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was severely injured.
“Eric Frein was in the woods, acted as a sniper and struck Bryon Dickson down and seriously wounded. Trooper Douglass, and they were never even able to see him,” Tonkin said.
The attack, and the seven-week search that followed still haunts the community according to Tonkin.
“You can feel some of the energy and it really starts building around the beginning of September, where you can feel a little bit in the community that it is that anniversary coming up of that incident that had such a profound effect here in Pike County,” Tonkin said.
Seven years later, Cpl. Dickson’s legacy continues with Dickson House Child Advocacy Center, where forensic interviewers, law enforcement, children and youth services and victims advocates help abused and neglected children.
“We brought the advocacy center under the district attorney’s office. And given that, Corporal Dickson had two young children of his own, we thought it appropriate to name it after him, Dickson House, to keep the memory of Corporal Dickson and his legacy well known here in Pike County,” Tonkin said.
Frein was later convicted and sentenced to death in 2017. He remains on death row.