Contact: Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent Telephone: (401) 444-1120
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that the Rhode Island State Police will retire the badge numbers of troopers killed in the line of duty since the Rhode Island State Police was founded in 1925. A ceremony will be held:
Friday, November 22, 2013 10:00 a.m. Rhode Island State Police Headquarters 311 Danielson Pike North Scituate, Rhode Island
Since the State Police was founded in 1925, seven troopers have been killed in the line of duty. The trooper who most recently held the badge number will give a plaque and the badge number to a family member of the trooper killed in the line of duty.
Colonel O'Donnell stated, "Retiring these troopers badge numbers is the right thing to do to honor their memory. The seven troopers are all true heroes."
The troopers who were killed in the line of duty are:
Trooper John Weber, June 16, 1925 Trooper Arthur L. Staples, Jr., December 18, 1931 Lieutenant Arnold L. Poole, May 30, 1934 Trooper Joseph J. Gallivan, June 22, 1937 Trooper Bradford G. Mott, May 7, 1941 Trooper Daniel L. O'Brien, August 31, 1954 Sergeant Walter J. Burgess, November 14, 1959