Thursday, August 27, 2015

Little League® to Honor the Pennsylvania State Police at the 2015 Little League Baseball® World Series Championship Game

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (August 26, 2015) – Each year, the Little League Baseball® World Series relies on strong support from the Pennsylvania State Police, specifically, Troop F headquartered in Montoursville, Pa. Prior to the start of the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game on Sunday, August 30 at 3 p.m., Little League® will honor the contributions of the Pennsylvania State Police with a special on-field ceremony.

Little League will present Captain David J. Young and Troop F with the 2015 W. Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award. Following this presentation, Little League will honor the life of Corporal Bryon K. Dickson. On Sept. 12, 2014, Corporal Bryon Dickson, II, was shot and killed from an ambush at the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County.

Following the award presentation, Cpl. Dickson’s wife, Tiffany, and their two sons, Bryon and Adam, will be escorted onto the field of Howard J. Lamade Stadium by Lt. Colonel George Bivens, Pennsylvania State Police Director of Operations, and Trooper Alex T. Douglass. Trooper Douglass came to Corporal Dickson's aid but was shot and wounded, while assisting Cpl. Dickson.

Bryon and Adam Dickson will throw ceremonial first pitches prior to the start of the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game. Bryon and Adam play for the Dunmore (Pa.) Little League. Prior to the start of Dunmore Little League’s season, the Dunmore Borough Council renamed the road leading to the field in Cpl. Dickson’s honor.

Since Cpl. Dickson’s passing, a memorial fund has been established through the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association’s Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation. The Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation is one of the six organizations that Little League is recognizing with its 2015 Little League Baseball World Series Pass the Can Donations. At the final game of each day during the World Series, Little League is continuing its long-standing tradition of passing a donation can throughout Lamade Stadium. At the end of the World Series, the total money contributed by the spectators will be divided among six organizations that are directly connected to Little League. In addition to the Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation, the charities receiving donations this year are the South Williamsport Fire Companies, Susquehanna Health’s Kathryn Candor Lundy Breast Health Center, American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Williamsport’s Little League Intentional Walkers team, Hope Enterprises, and Lycoming County Brotherhood Association’s Camp Cadet.

“Little League is proud to honor Troop F with the Hartman Friendship Award this year, and recognize Corporal Dickson’s family and Trooper Douglass with this special tribute.” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “As we conclude the 2015 World Series, we wanted to take this opportunity to recognize the service and sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform, and honor those impacted by the terrible tragedy that took place last fall in Blooming Grove.”

The Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award was created in 1988 to honor Mr. Hartman, one of Little League’s most generous and loyal friends, and to perpetuate his memory through special recognition of an individual or organization that has demonstrated a similar relationship with Little League Baseball and Softball.
This article posted with permission of Little League Baseball®.

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