Upper St. Clair, Pa.
State troopers show our core values
Longfellow's quote "Lives of great men remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing leave behind us footprints on the sands of time" clearly applies to the recent loss of State Troopers Marshall Bailey and Eric Workman. While most of us were sitting in the comfort of our homes that evening, these young brave men were making the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our safety.
The State Police was formed in 1919 in response to social injustices that ultimately led to the largest U.S. insurrection since the American Civil War (Battle of Blair Mountain) so their charter included critical core values that could withstand the challenges of the day (Integrity, fairness, respect, honesty, courage and compassion). Today the news of this tragic loss pierced through the deafening chatter of politically divisive rhetoric and the incessant amplification of differences between us by 24-hour news networks to remind us of the core values that made this nation what it is today. As I shook hands and looked into the eyes of the troopers at the General Division, the pain was palpable, but I was moved by the signature trooper character traits of humility, strength and integrity.
God bless the families of these fallen heroes and the band of brothers that make up the West Virginia State Police.
Mark C. Bates, M.D.