The oldest son of a Massachusetts state trooper killed by an allegedly drunk driver said his father was his hero, and that he hoped he could continue to make him proud.
Mark Weddleton spoke Wednesday during the funeral Mass for Sgt. Doug Weddleton at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Brockton.
About 3,500 police officers, including 1,000 state troopers with black bands across their badges, paid respects to Weddleton.
"When we talk about law enforcement being a family, I can tell you that we truly are a family," said State Police Col. Marian J. McGovern. "That Doug and his wife and four sons will always be part of the Massachusetts State Police and we'll always be there for them."
Weddleton was killed Friday after an allegedly drunk driver struck another vehicle the 52-year-old Weddleton had pulled over, pushing it into Weddleton. The trooper leaves a wife and four sons, ages 14 to 26.
The state police chaplain, the Rev. William Hamilton, said "each and every one of us" was diminished by Weddleton's death. He said the "thin blue line has become a little thinner."
This program aired on June 23, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.