WILMINGTON, Del. — Delaware is honoring an officer who died in the line of duty nearly a century ago.
The Delaware State Police held a ceremony in Wilmington on Tuesday to dedicate a memorial sign honoring Officer Francis Ryan, who died at the age of 31 in 1922.
Ryan was a member of the Delaware State Highway Police when his motorcycle was struck by a car while he was trying to apprehend a speeding driver on the Philadelphia Pike.
Ryan’s relatives, Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn and Delaware State Police Superintendent Col. Nathanial McQueen Jr. were among those who attended the ceremony.
McQueen said Delaware State Police has held eight ceremonies honoring fallen troopers through the Line of Duty Death Memorial Sign Program since 2012.