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In Harrisburg, Ceremony For Fallen Officers Recalls 9/11 Heroes

(Pennsylvania FOP president Les Neri takes his seat as Gov. Tom Corbett prepares to speak today in Harrisburg.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

(Pennsylvania FOP president Les Neri takes his seat as Gov. Tom Corbett prepares to speak today in Harrisburg. Photo by Tony Romeo)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – As a result of the death of Osama bin Laden, memories of the 9/11 terrorist attacks hung heavy over today’s annual ceremony at the state capitol honoring Pennsylvania law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

State Fraternal Order of Police president Les Neri (at left in photo) remembered the “countless” emergency responders from Pennsylvania who were called to assist at the sites of the September 11th attacks.

“Osama bin Laden met a just fate,” Neri said today.  “His memory, like so many others who prey on the innocent, will soon fade.  But the actions of our brave American heroes on 9/11, and those we honor today, will always be with us.”

Governor Tom Corbett (center of photo) touched upon the death of Bin Laden only briefly in his speech, but afterward told reporters that Pennsylvanians should take commonsense precautions.

“Right now, I think everybody should be careful,” the governor said, “not from anything that we’ve heard, but you can expect that they’re not happy.”

The ceremony honored three officers who died in the line of duty in 2010, including Delaware River Port Authority corporal Christopher Milito, who died after being struck by a passing car as he investigated an accident on the Walt Whitman Bridge.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg Bureau chief Tony Romeo

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