Vigil held for troopers shot in Juniata County
Even though it was Father’s Day, the members of this town and this county believed it was much too important not to show up and show unity in the face of tragedy.
In the wake of yesterday’s tragedy nearly 100 people gathered in the heart of Mifflintown to honor two state troopers – 45-year-old Lt. James Wagner, who was shot and is in the hospital in critical condition, and tragically the life of 29-year-old Jacques Rougeau.
Some of those in attendance tonight knew one or both troopers – but the majority didn't. That didn't matter because as many said – a small community is a tight-knit community and the people that protect it and risk their lives every day– should be embraced by it.
"People come together to honor an officer that died in the line of duty to protect us. Like, this is what it's all about. That's why people are here. They're here because they want to be a part of that,” said resident Jeff Henry.
"We are a huge family in Juniata County. We have 24,000 people, but we are all one big family,” said EMT, Glenn Kerstetter.
At the end of the vigil, everyone was asked to raise their hands towards the sky and face the direction of Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center. Raising their hands in hopes that Lt. Wagner will make a full recovery.