LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – The funeral service for a Louisiana State Trooper, who died as a result of a traffic accident, was held Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church.
Trooper Duane Dalton died Tuesday after his state police vehicle was broadsided by another vehicle that failed to yield at a stop sign on Highway 171 near Moss Bluff in Calcasieu Parish, according to authorities.
Dalton became the 25th Louisiana State Police officer to die in the line of duty in the department's history.
Dalton was a member of Louisiana State Police Troop D.
Law enforcement officers from near and far came to pay their respects to Dalton at his funeral on Saturday. Some officers came from as far as New York and California.
Dalton's fellow officers say they will never forget him. They say they will remember Dalton as a true professional, who was admired and respected by his peers.
"The support we have received from throughout the country is a testament to the great human spirit," said Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson. "This badge that we wear is a privilege given to us by the citizens of this great state, and Trooper Dalton wore it with distinction. He was truly a professional, he took great pride in his abilities, and he carried out his duties without fail. He was a dedicated public servant, but he was a devoted husband and father first."
After serving in the U.S. Army, Dalton began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Lake Charles Police Department. He became a Louisiana State Trooper on December 3, 1995.
Dalton leaves behind a wife and three sons.
An account has been set up for an education fund for Trooper Dalton's children. You can stop by any Chase bank and make a contribution.