Tribute honors slain trooper

Unveiling of Cpl. Ballard’s photo at the DSP Museum (Special to the Delaware State News/Gene Shaner)

DOVER — During a ceremony on Tuesday a framed photo of late Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard was placed on the Memorial Wall at the Delaware State Police Museum.

Cpl. Ballard’s wife, Louise, state troopers, family and friends attended the a dedication for the trooper who was shot to death while investigating a suspicious vehicle at a Wawa in Bear in April.

“Today we join with the family and friends, members of the museum board, and our honored guests as we unveil Stephen’s memorial photograph in honor of his service and sacrifice, and to keep our enduring promise to the community that we serve, to our troopers, to our survivors, and to his family, that we will never forget,” State Police Superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen Jr. said,

“Today we honor his courage and commitment to the oath to protect and serve. Cpl/1 Ballard’s memory will live on in his family and in the many lives that he touched, and he will always be a part of the enduring history of the Delaware State Police.”

During the ceremony, executives from JPMorgan Chase Bank presented DSP Museum President, Greg Sacco with a $10,000 donation to the DSP Museum in honor of Cpl. Ballard’s service and ultimate sacrifice.

“We are proud to contribute to the Delaware State Police Museum to celebrate these heroes,” said Tom Horne, Delaware market president for JPMorgan Chase.

Cpl. Ballard’s photo will also be placed on the Memorial Walls at all of the Troops and sections within the Division.

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