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Friends and family celebrate the life of Corporal Christopher Shea

July 27, 2014
Cpl. Christopher Shea's widow Susan prays with her children Chris and Lizzie during the celebration of life at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. BY DAN COOK

There were tears of sorrow, but also smiles of joy as friends and loved ones gathered at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery July 18 to celebrate the life of Delaware State Police Cpl. Christopher Shea who was tragically killed in the line of duty 10 years ago.

Pastor Earle Baker offered words of hope and read scripture to the gathering before Shea's widow, Susan, shared memories of her life with Chris and their children Chris and Lizzie.

Gov. Jack Markell said he did not know Shea but spoke of the trooper's bravery and service to his state and country. Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, stated that he says thank you ( for his service) to ChrisShea  each time he travels by the cemetery. Sen. Brian Pettyjohn. R-Georgetown, also offered words of praise for Shea.

Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton, who trained Shea at Troop 7 in Lewes, gathered the troopers and law enforcement officers in attendance behind him and called Susan up to the podium and held her hand.

"In my hand are the hearts of all those behind me and so many officers who could not be here to tell you that when all these policemen gather together, you merely need to look at them and know that Chris dwells among them," said Smyk. "In them is where Chris still stands."

Shea's father, Maurice, delivered a touching remembrance of his son, and Delaware State Police piper Scott Mauchin played "Amazing Grace" and the Marine Corps Hymn during the ceremony.