Trooper Jacques Rougeau Honored at Pennsylvania State Police Memorial Ceremony –

HARRISBURG, Pa – Governor Shapiro and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) recognized and recognized the service and sacrifice of Officer Jacques F. “Jay” Rougeau Jr. on Thursday, May 2nd
Members who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The memorial ceremony at PSP headquarters also marked the department's 119th anniversary.

“Our fallen soldiers make the ultimate sacrifice for Pennsylvania – and as we come together today and honor their lives of service, we must also affirm every day that we will never be forgotten,” said Gov. Josh Shapiro. “The men and women of the Pennsylvania State Police go to work every day to protect and serve our communities. My administration is committed to ensuring that our service members and their families from across our Commonwealth receive the help and support they deserve.”

“I am humbled and honored to pay tribute to Tpr. Jacques Rougeau Jr. and the 103 other members of the Pennsylvania State Police who made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Colonel Christopher Paris, Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. “Their dedication and service will always be remembered.”

Trooper Rougeau was assigned to Troop G, Lewistown Station when he was fatally shot on June 17, 2023. Trooper Rougeau enlisted in June 2020 as a member of the 160th Cadet Class and served with the State Police for nearly three years. He was 29 years old.

Colonel Paris presented the Pennsylvania State Police Cross to Trooper Rougeau's wife. The award is presented to the next of kin of members who have lost their lives under honorable circumstances in the line of duty.

Trooper Rougeau's name was ceremoniously added to the Pennsylvania State Police Memorial Wall, which now honors 104 members who died in service to the people of the Commonwealth.

The names of the fallen were read aloud and the service included a rifle salute, the playing of “Taps” and a minute’s silence.

The Pennsylvania State Police was established by an act signed by Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker on May 2, 1905, making it the first uniformed police organization of its kind in the United States.

Starting with just 228 men, the department has grown to an authorized workforce of 4,841 women and men supported by more than 1,700 civilian employees. It is the tenth largest police department in the United States.

An online version of the PSP Memorial Wall, including photos and biographies of all members who died in the line of duty, is available at

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