Pennsylvania State Police Honor the Sacrifice of Trooper Jacques Rougeau in Memorial Ceremony

Trooper Jacques Rougeau Honored at Pennsylvania State Police Memorial CeremonyCredit: Commonwealth Media Services

HARRISBURG, PA — In a solemn ceremony at the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Headquarters on Thursday, Governor Josh Shapiro and PSP officials commemorated the service and ultimate sacrifice of Trooper Jacques F. “Jay” Rougeau Jr., along with 103 other members who have fallen in the line of duty. This tribute also marked the PSP’s 119th anniversary, reflecting on its long history of service and dedication to the Commonwealth.

Governor Shapiro, in his address, emphasized the profound sacrifice made by PSP members and reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to supporting troopers and their families. “Our fallen troopers make the ultimate sacrifice for Pennsylvania – and while today we gather and honor their life in service, we must also reaffirm every day that we never, ever forget,” Shapiro stated, highlighting the daily risks faced by the men and women in uniform.

Colonel Christopher Paris, Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, expressed his deep respect and honor for Trooper Rougeau and all PSP members who have laid down their lives. “Their dedication and service will always be remembered,” he remarked, acknowledging the heavy burden borne by those who serve in law enforcement.

Trooper Rougeau, who was tragically shot on June 17, 2023, had been serving with the PSP for nearly three years. Assigned to Troop G, Lewistown Station, he joined the force as a member of the 160th cadet class in June 2020. At the time of his untimely death, he was 29 years old.

During the ceremony, Colonel Paris presented the Pennsylvania State Police Cross to Trooper Rougeau’s wife. This distinguished award is given to the families of PSP members who have died under honorable circumstances while performing their duties. The presentation was a poignant reminder of the personal costs associated with protecting and serving the community.

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The memorial service culminated with Trooper Rougeau’s name being ceremonially added to the Pennsylvania State Police Memorial Wall, which commemorates the 104 members who have died in service to the Commonwealth. The ceremony included the reading aloud of the names of the fallen, a rifle salute, the playing of “Taps,” and a moment of silence, offering those present a moment to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of these individuals.

Founded in 1905, the PSP was the first uniformed police organization in the United States. From an initial force of 228 men, it has grown into the 10th-largest police agency in the country, with an authorized complement of 4,841 enlisted personnel supported by over 1,700 civilian employees. The evolution of the PSP highlights its enduring commitment to upholding the law and ensuring public safety across Pennsylvania.

An online version of the PSP Memorial Wall provides the public with access to photos and biographies of each member who has died in the line of duty, serving as a lasting tribute to their courage and service.

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