Trooper Memorial

By: Paul Gessler Email
By: Paul Gessler Email

It was a crash that tore a community apart. Two Ohio highway patrolmen and a young woman dead after a collision on a wet road. On Saturday, it was the start of something new to remember the victims.

Down the road from the Harley Davidson shop in Gallipolis rests a memorial for two policemen…two daddies…and two friends.

It was at the same site on a rainy night last September where Josh Risner and Dale Holcomb's highway patrol car collided with a truck driven by Lorrie Smith. All three died, but it is at this memorial where their memory is lives on.

Leonard Gray has known Holcomb since Dale first broke into the highway patrol in Athens. He remembers a shy young trooper.

“Dale was too shy to ask the waitress out, so we went ahead and spoke up for him and got him a date with the waitress, and he ended up marrying her,” said Gray.

So it's in the same spot on a hot day, with hot dogs and wild hogs that a brotherhood has some tempered fun for something more lasting. A memorial for two troopers, Josh who rode Harleys with his father and Dale who always had the apron at hog roasts.

A hog ride and hog roast to honor the boys behind the badge. A run to remember in hopes of healing wounds and the makeshift memorial makes all too clear.

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