Rest stop in Middletown dedicated in honor of fallen trooperPosted: Updated:
A Connecticut state trooper, who died in the line of duty was honored Wednesday as the state dedicated the weigh station on Interstate 91 rest stop in Middletown in his honor.
In September 2010, Kenneth Hall, 57, was on duty and in his patrol car for a traffic stop on I-91 in Enfield. That's when Michael Pajak's car veered across several lanes, hit Hall's cruiser and killed the 22-year state police veteran.
On Wednesday, they honored another first responder at that very spot where he started each day.
"It's great to see. I remember coming up here when I was young, in high school coming to visit my pops when he was working," said his son Tyco Hall. "This was like his home on the road when he was at work."
Wednesday was a chance for state police troopers to remember their fallen friend.
"This very scale was the last place I saw Ken. It was the day before he was taken from all of us," said Connecticut State Police Sgt. John Netkovick. "Ken was cleaning out his cruiser and giving me advice, believe it or not, on how to find a wonderful woman like he did in Sheila."
In addition to the plaque, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, presented Kenneth Hall's widow Sheila Hall with the sign marking the new name of the weigh station. With a bag pipe blaring in the distance, Trooper One, which is the state police helicopter, did one final flyover as Kenneth Hall's colleagues saluted their fallen friend.
"As Kenny watches over us today, I know he is proud of the honor placed on him," said Connecticut State Police Trooper Joseph Smigel. "In the days that follow as I walk into this scale house, knowing Kenny is here in spirit and the bond between us troopers even death cannot break."
With the scale house now named in his honor and the memorial plaque, friends and family of Kenneth Hall said this will now remind everyone not only of his sacrifice, but also his dedication.
"It's a good feeling to keep his memory legacy, honor and spirit alive," said Tyco Hall. "It's a good thing."
Seven years ago, Connecticut named the rest stop in honor of Jennifer Hodges, who was a LIFE STAR nurse killed in a crash while heading to an accident.
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