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3-shot salute to veterans draws Pa. trooper to church

Cindy Stauffer, New Era Staff Writer
Copyright 2006 Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. 
Lancaster, PA 
It was meant to be a stirring church service tribute to our nation's veterans on Memorial Day weekend.

But when a Caernarvon Township church's member stepped outside Sunday morning to fire off a three-volley salute - with blanks - a neighbor heard the shots, saw the man with the shotgun and promptly called police.

About 15 minutes later, the Rev. F. Kenneth Hoffer was up in the pulpit, reading names from his congregation's prayer list, when he saw a state police trooper standing in the vestibule of the Mt. Culmen Evangelical Congregational Church.

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