Cpl. Bryon Dickson, who was promoted to corporal last year, was killed in the line of duty. He leaves behind a wife, Tiffany, and two sons, one in kindergarten and the other in second grade.
Friday night, September 12, a gunman or gunmen ambushed Troopers at the Blooming Grove Barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police in Pike County in Northeastern PA during shift change. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed.
The troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, killing a Trooper and another injured, where he was in stable condition after undergoing surgery.
Cpl. Dickson was leaving the barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County when shots were fired at 10:50 p.m. Friday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.
After graduating from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey in 2007, Dickson was stationed at Troop N in Hazleton.
State police cars were parked in front of the couples' Dunmore home Saturday afternoon.
"He was very, very work oriented," said Melissa Contorno, who became friends with Dickson about 12 years ago as a fellow nurse at Regional Hospital. "He was all about it. He was a stand-up guy. He wanted to provide for his family. It's just awful. She spends her life taking care of people, and she's really good at what she does. Now people have to help her."
Dickson had been stationed in Hazleton and near Philadelphia for most of his career as a state trooper before he was finally assigned a post closer to home within the last few months.
"They were a committed couple," Contorno said. "They were raising a beautiful young family. It's sad. ... They were happy. It's not fair."