CHARLESTON - The Senate on Saturday adapted a resolution paying tribute to slain state trooper Larry G. Hacker.
A framed copy of the resolution was presented to a group of 10 state troopers from Kanawha County. The troopers are to present the document to Hacker's family.
Hacker died early Friday morning from a single shot from a rifle allegedly fired by Dennis
Ferguson, 67, of the White Oak Community near Pullman in rural Ritchie County. The trooper was responding to a call about a truck blocking a one-lane road and was ambushed.
The text of the resolution:
"Commemorating the life and public service of Senior Trooper Larry G. Hacker, a dedicated member of the West Virginia Division of Public Safety, who was killed in the performance of his duty.
"Whereas, Senior Trooper Larry G. Hacker was born March 23, 1959, the son of James and Margaret Hacker of Cedarville, Gilmer County, W.Va.,
and "Whereas, Senior Trooper Larry G. Hacker was a graduate of Gilmer County High School and entered the West Virginia State Police Academy Dec. 27, 1988, and graduating Aug. 4, 1989, with an associate degree in criminal justice from Marshall University;
and "Whereas, Senior Trooper Larry G. Hacker was married Jan. 1,1977, to Deborah Diane 'Riffle' Hacker, with whom he shared the joy of having two daughters, Erica and Julia;
and "Whereas, Senior Trooper Larry G. Hacker was assigned to Company A in the Harrisville detachment of the state police in Ritchie County, W.Va., defending the citizens of that area with the laws of the United States and the state of West Virginia which he had sworn to uphold;
and "Whereas, on April 8, 1993, while in the performance of his duty investigating a dispute in rural Ritchie County, Senior Trooper Larry G. Hacker was fatally wounded in a senseless act of violence;
therefore, be it "Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
"That the Legislature hereby commemorates the life and public service of a dedicated member of the West Virginia Division of Public Safety, Senior Trooper Larry G. Hacker, who died in the performance of his duty while attempting to render peace in a time of danger and uncertainty;
and, be it "Further resolved, that the Legislature hereby expresses its heartfelt and sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Senior Trooper Larry G. Hacker, as well as to his fellow colleagues in law enforcement who continue to place their lives in danger for the preservation of peace and the enforcement of law;
and, be "Further resolved, that the clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the widow of Senior Trooper Larry G. Hacker, Deborah Diane Hacker, and his daughters, Erica and Julia Hacker; his parents, James and Margaret Hacker; and the superintendent of the Division of Public Safety, Col. Thomas L. Kirk."
Services for Hacker are scheduled 1 p.m. Monday at the Ritchie County High School gymnasium. Visitation is after 1:30 p.m. Sunday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home in Pennsboro and after 11 a.m. Monday.