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 Ronald L. Carey

Ronald L. Carey

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 5 Jan 1972 (aged 29)
Concord, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Burial Linwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section E:270 C Grave 1
Memorial ID 43214163 · View Source
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1943-1972
Trooper Ronald L. Carey, 29 years of age, and his partner, Trooper David C. Yarrington, 24, attempted to capture two hold-up suspects at the Concord Motel, U.S. Route 202, Johnson's Corner, Pennsylvania, on January 5, 1972. The result of this valorous act ended in tragedy as both Carey and Yarrington were killed. This dual tragedy was perhaps best summarized by Ronald Carey's mother, who said f her son, "I suppose if he had to go, this is the way he wanted to go, but I didn't think it would be so soon." Ronald Carey became a trooper because he wanted to be respected. To his classmates, at the State Police Academy, he was the perfect cop (and) the kind of guy you'd hope your son grows up to be. Lt. Raymond Deputy, assistant Director of Training, characterized Carey as "dedicated, solemn, and trustworthy… he didn't talk much." Trooper Carey leaves a wife, Elizabeth Lee, and three children, Lynne Elaine, Jeffrey Ronald, and John William to carry on without him. Ronald Carey was the "ideal husband, helping with the diapers, dishes, and feeding the children." Trooper Carey was buried in Lawn Croft Cemetery, Boothwyn, Pennsylvania on January 10, 1972. One thousand, two hundred policemen joined the family and friends of Trooper Ronald L. Carey at his funeral service and burial. John Harrington, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police said it (Carey's funeral) was the largest funeral ever in the nation. Pastor Randy H. Carroll, of the Marcus Hook Baptist Church, put the death in perspective, stating, "The best appreciation you can show for his sacrifice is to be the kind of an officer he was."


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  • Created by: suzan gordon
  • Added: 17 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43214163
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ronald L. Carey (8 Aug 1942–5 Jan 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43214163, citing Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by suzan gordon (contributor 47159545) .