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Pennsylvania State Police hold Memorial Service in Punxsutawney

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PUNXSUTAWNEY – For the first time ever, a Pennsylvania State Police Memorial Service was held in Punxsutawney.

Monday’s service was held to honor the 116 troopers who have died in the line of duty since the founding of the Commonwealth’s State Police in 1905.

Four members of Troop C, which is headquartered in Jefferson County, have fallen in the line of duty.

Trooper Monty Mitchell was the most recent of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Mitchell’s mother, Judy Mitchell, spoke at this week’s service and said she was “blessed to be Monty’s mom for 45 years.”

Mitchell added that she is “glad that they’re still remembering my son and what he meant to so many people.”

Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett delivered the keynote address at the service.