At 3:41 A.M. on January 6, 1972, the following message was broadcast over the State Police radio: "To all cars, Trooper Yarrington expired at 2:45 A.M. this morning." Trooper Yarrington, 24, a fellow classmate of Trooper Ronald Carey, became the second policeman killed in the hold-ups of two Pennsylvania - Delaware state line motels.
Carey was 29 and Yarrington was 24 slightly younger. Wheeler was 27 and Murphy was 23 slightly younger. Carey preceeded the younger Yarrington in death. Wheeler preceeded the younger Murphy in death. Both Patrolmen had guns still holstered.