State police retire badge numbers of fallen officers

Seven Rhode Island State Police troopers killed in the line of duty since the force was founded in 1925 had their badge numbers retired Friday.

State police Superintendent Col. Steven O'Donnell said during a ceremony that it isn't how they died but how they lived that matters.

Each of the family members of the seven fallen were honored with a memorial plaque.

An additional plaque will hang at the state police headquarters in Scituate with the retired troopers' numbers on it. A memorial wreath will be placed in front of state police headquarters.

O'Donnell said he equates retiring a badge to retiring a star athlete's uniform.

The last trooper to be killed in the line of duty in Rhode Island was in 1959. O'Donnell said one law enforcement officer dies in the line of duty every 57 hours in the United States.

The troopers killed are John Weber in 1925; Arthur Staples Jr. in 1931; Lt. Arnold Poole in 1934; Joseph Gallivan in 1937; Bradford Mott in 1941; Daniel O'Brien in 1954; and Sgt. Walter Burgess in 1959.