Deepest Regrets



Apr 01, 2022

Lieutenant William D. Lebo | Lebanon City Police Department, Pennsylvania

Lebanon City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, March 31, 2022

William Lebo

Lieutenant William Lebo was shot and killed as he and other officers responded to a domestic-related burglary in the 1100 block of Forest Street at about 3:30 pm.

The owners of the house had returned home to discover that an emotionally disturbed relative had broken into the home and remained inside. The man was still inside when officers arrived on the scene. As a reaction team entered the home, the man opened fire with a handgun, striking Lieutenant Lebo and two other officers.

Despite their wounds, the officers returned fire and shot the subject, who was later found deceased inside the home.

Lieutenant Lebo was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Lieutenant Lebo had served with the Lebanon City Police Department for 40 years and was scheduled to retire only 30 days later, on May 1st, 2022.


Mar 28, 2022

Trooper Branden T. Sisca | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, March 21, 2022

Branden T. Sisca

Trooper Branden Sisca and Trooper Martin Mack were struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver near mile marker 18 on southbound I-95 in Philadelphia, shortly before 1:00 am.

They had stopped a female driver on suspicion of DUI when they were notified of a pedestrian walking along the interstate. They located the man and were assisting him into the back of one of their patrol vehicles when an approaching car drove by and attempted to pass the police vehicles by driving onto the shoulder. The vehicle fatally struck both troopers and the pedestrian they were assisting.

The driver who struck them was charged with three counts of third-degree murder, three counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, and two counts of second-degree manslaughter of a law enforcement officer. It was the same driver that had been pulled over for suspicion of DUI.

Trooper Sisca had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 13 months and was assigned to Troop K. He is survived by his expectant wife.


Mar 28, 2022

Trooper Martin Francis Mack, III | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, March 21, 2022

Martin Francis Mack, III

Trooper Marty Mack and Trooper Branden Sisca were struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver near mile marker 18 on southbound I-95 in Philadelphia, shortly before 1:00 am.

They had stopped a female driver on suspicion of DUI when they were notified of a pedestrian walking along the interstate. They located the man and were assisting him into the back of one of their patrol vehicles when an approaching car drove by and attempted to pass the police vehicles by driving onto the shoulder. The vehicle fatally struck both troopers and the pedestrian they were assisting.

The driver who struck them was charged with three counts of third-degree murder, three counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, and two counts of second-degree manslaughter of a law enforcement officer. It was the same driver that had been pulled over for suspicion of DUI.

Trooper Mack was a Pennsylvania National Guard veteran and had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 7-1/2 years. He was assigned to Troop K and is survived by his wife and two children.


Dec 27, 2021

Sergeant Christopher Mortensen | Wilkes-Barre Police Department, Pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, December 27, 2021

Christopher Mortensen

Sergeant Christopher Mortensen died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sergeant Mortensen had served with the Wilkes-Barre Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and son.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Dec 23, 2021

Deputy Sheriff Steven H. Armbruster | Lehigh County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

Lehigh County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, December 23, 2021

Steven H. Armbruster

Deputy Sheriff Steven Armbruster died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Deputy Armbruster was a United States Army veteran who served nine years with the Lehigh County Sheriff's Office and had previously served two years with the Emmaus Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Dec 20, 2021

Sergeant Kevin D. Redding | Haverford Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

Haverford Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, December 20, 2021

Kevin D. Redding

Sergeant Kevin Redding died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sergeant Redding had served with the Haverford Township Police Department for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Nov 06, 2021

Sergeant Scott M. Patton | Robinson Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

Robinson Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, November 6, 2021

Scott M. Patton

Sergeant Scotty Patton died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sergeant Patton had served with the Robinson Township Police Department for 11 years.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Nov 03, 2021

Detective Sergeant Gary R. Taccone | Erie Police Department, Pennsylvania

Erie Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Gary R. Taccone

Detective Sergeant Gary Taccone died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sergeant Taccone was a United States Air Force veteran. He had served with the Erie Police Department for 24 years. He is survived by his son.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Nov 02, 2021

Sergeant Timothy Werner | Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Timothy Werner

Sergeant Timothy Werner died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sergeant Werner was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for over 21 years.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Oct 24, 2021

Police Officer Jason Michael Belton | Erie Police Department, Pennsylvania

Erie Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, October 24, 2021

Jason Michael Belton

Police Officer Jason Belton died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while on duty when he came into contact with a positive COVID-19 at the UPMC Harmot at 201 State Street in Erie.

Officer Belton was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Erie Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his two daughters.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Oct 21, 2021

Trooper Dung X. Martinez | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, October 21, 2021

Dung X. Martinez

Trooper Dung Martinez died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty while assigned to Troop T at King of Prussia Station at 251 Flint Hill Road in King of Prussia.

Trooper Martinez had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for over 21 years and had previously been assigned to Troop K, Troop J, and Troop M. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Oct 21, 2021

Sergeant Richard Charles Howe | Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, October 21, 2021

Richard Charles Howe

Sergeant Rick Howe died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sergeant Howe had served with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for 24 years and was a Motorcycle Unit supervisor. He is survived by his wife, son, two daughters, and granddaughter.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Oct 13, 2021

Police Officer James Edward Simonetti | Carnegie Mellon University Police Department, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, October 13, 2021

James Edward Simonetti

Police Officer Jimmy Simonetti died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 while performing his duties on the Carnegie Mellon University Campus at 5000 Forbes Avenue in Pittsburgh.

Officer Simonetti had served with the Carnegie Mellon University Police Department for over 25 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Sep 26, 2021

Police Officer Brian L. Rowland | Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, September 26, 2021

Brian L. Rowland

Police Officer Brian Roland died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Police Officer Roland had served with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for over 21 years. He is survived by his wife.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


May 18, 2021

Superintendent Scott D.

Delaware County Bureau of Park Police and Fire Safety, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Scott D. "Slip" Mahoney

Superintendent Scott Mahoney died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Superintendent Mahoney had served with the Delaware County Park Police for 29 years. He had previously served part-time with the Millbourne Borough Police Department, Colwyn Borough Police Department, Clifton Heights Borough Police Department, and Aldan Borough Police Department. He is survived by his wife, four children, and sister.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Feb 11, 2021

Chief of Police Timothy John Sheehan | California Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

California Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, February 11, 2021

Timothy John Sheehan

Chief of Police Tim Sheehan suffered a fatal heart attack the day after responding to a call in which he had to perform CPR on a citizen.

He had returned to duty the following morning when he suffered a heart attack while clearing snow from his vehicle.

Chief Sheehan had served with the California Borough Police Department for 15 years. He also served as a firefighter with the Brownsville Fire Company #1. He is survived by his wife, three children, and mother.


Feb 09, 2021

Deputy Sheriff Ross Dixon | Cambria County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

Cambria County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Ross Dixon

Deputy Sheriff Ross Dixon died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty at the Cambria County Courthouse.

Deputy Dixon had served with the Cambria County Sheriff's Office for 35 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Jan 13, 2021

Chief of Police Tony M. Jordan | Middleburg Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Middleburg Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Tony M. Jordan

Chief of Police Tony Jordan died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty.

Chief Jordan had served with the Middleburg Borough Police Department for 40 years. He is survived by his fiancee.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Dec 23, 2020

Sergeant Joseph M. Youse | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Joseph M. Youse

Sergeant Joseph Youse died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while on duty.

Sergeant Youse had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 39 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and four siblings.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Dec 03, 2020

Captain Frank Rocco Milillo, Sr. | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, December 3, 2020

Frank Rocco Milillo, Sr.

Captain Frank Milillo died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while on duty.

Captain Millillo had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 31 years and commanded the Southwest Detective Division.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Nov 23, 2020

Police Officer Tab T. Ali | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, November 23, 2020

Tab T. Ali

Police Officer Tab Ali died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 while on duty.

Officer Ali had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 25 years and was assigned to the 5th District.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Nov 08, 2020

Deputy Sheriff John J.

Cambria County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, November 28, 2020

John J. "Sonny" Kuhar, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Sonny Kuhar died as the result of complications after contracting COVID-19 while on duty at the Cambria County Human Services and 911 building in Ebensburg.

Deputy Kuhar had served in law enforcement for 60 years, starting in 1960. Prior to joining the Cambria County Sheriff's Office in the 1980s, he had served with the Vintondale Borough Police Department, Nanty Glo Borough Police Department, and Blacklick Township Police Department. He is survived by his wife, four children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Jun 14, 2020

Police Officer Dale Thomas Provins, Jr. | Jefferson Hills Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Jefferson Hills Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, June 13, 2020

Dale Provins

Police Officer Dale Provins succumbed to injuries sustained in a vehicle crash 10 days earlier in the 200 block of Old Clairton Road.

An oncoming vehicle crossed the center line and struck Officer Provins' patrol car head-on. Officer Provins was flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh where he succumbed to his injuries on June 13th, 2020.

Officer Provins was a U.S. Marines Corps veteran. He had served with the Jefferson Hills Borough Police Department for 15 years and was a third-generation police officer.

                                                                                   


Jun 06, 2020

Park Ranger Thomas E. Booz | Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation, Pennsylvania

Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, June 6, 2020

Thomas E. Booz

Park Ranger Thomas Booz died as the result of complications after contracting COVID-19 during a presumed exposure while on duty.

Park Ranger Booz served with the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation for 32 years. He is survived by his wife, step-daughter, and siblings.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Jun 03, 2020

Sergeant Jose Manuel Novoa | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Jose Manuel Novoa

Police Officer Jose Novoa died as the result of complications after contracting COVID-19 during a presumed exposure while on duty.

Officer Novoa had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 27 years and was assigned to the 9th Police District. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Apr 12, 2020

Chief of Police Robert Sealock | Aliquippa City Police Department, Pennsylvania

Aliquippa City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, April 11, 2020

Robert Sealock

Chief of Police Robert Sealock died from complications of a major asthma attack following a foot pursuit on March 26th, 2020.

He had joined other officers who were involved in a foot pursuit of a wanted subject. Shortly after arriving back to the police station, he suffered a severe asthma attack. He was unable to catch his breath and collapsed after his emergency inhaler was ineffective. A fellow officer immediately radioed for help and he was transported to a local hospital. He remained under intensive care until passing away on April 11th, 2020.

Chief Sealock was a U.S Navy veteran and served with the Aliquippa Police Department for 23 years. He was scheduled to retire later in the year.


Apr 12, 2020

Interim Police Chief Mark Joseph Romutis | Ambridge Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Ambridge Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, April 12, 2020

Mark Joseph Romutis

Interim Police Chief Mark Romutis died as a result of complications after contracting COVID-19 while on duty.

Chief Romutis was appointed to his position with the Ambridge Borough Police Department in 2018 and has served in law enforcement for 40 years. He had previously served with the Upper St. Clair Township Police Department, Pittsburgh Police Department, and Ellwood City Police Department. He is survived by his wife and son.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


Mar 13, 2020

  Sergeant James R. O'Connor, IV | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

                     

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, March 13, 2020

Corporal James O'Connor

Corporal James O'Connor was shot and killed during a SWAT team operation to arrest a homicide suspect at 5:50 am.

The SWAT team was securing the home on Bridge Street, near Duffield Street, when the subject opened fire on them through a closed door on the second floor. Corporal O'Connor was struck in the shoulder in an area not protected by his vest.

Corporal O'Connor was transported to Temple University Hospital where he succumbed to his wound 20 minutes later.

Corporal O'Connor had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 23 years and had been a member of the SWAT team for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and two children. One of his sons also served with the Philadelphia Police Department.


Jan 02, 2020

Police Officer Michael Lee Henry, Jr. | Derry Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

Derry Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, January 2, 2020

Michael Lee Henry, Jr.

Police Officer Michael Henry died as the result of complications sustained in a motorcycle crash while participating in annual motor training on October 1st, 2019.

He crashed while going through one of the training courses and suffered a ruptured aorta. He underwent several surgeries but developed complications and died on January 2nd, 2020.

Officer Henry was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Derry Township Police Department for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


Jan 20, 2019

Lieutenant Robert Earl

Susquehanna Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, January 20, 2019

Robert Earl "Bo" McCallister

Lieutenant Bo McCallister succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on February 19th, 1981, while responding to a bank robbery at a bank at the intersection of North Progress Avenue and Nationwide Drive.

One of the bank employees was able to activate an alarm while the subject was still inside. As Lieutenant McCallister arrived at the scene the subject was forcing two tellers to exit the bank in front of him. The man pushed the tellers aside and opened fire on Lieutenant McCallister, striking him several times.

Despite his wounds, Lieutenant McCallister was able to return fire as the subject fled into a wooded area.

Lieutenant McCallister partially recovered and remained active with the police department. He underwent numerous surgeries as a result of his wounds and passed away from complications on January 20th, 2019. His death was a ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.

The subject who shot him was never apprehended and remains at large.

Lieutenant McCallister had served with the Susquehanna Township Police Department for 32 years.


May 09, 2018

Police Officer Alex Isai Sable | York City Police Department, Pennsylvania

York City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Alex Isai Sable

Police Officer Alex Sable died after suffering a heart attack during a SWAT training exercise at Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk Campus in Dundalk, Maryland, on May 6th, 2018.

He was participating in a SWAT school hosted by the Baltimore County Police Department. The participants were conducting a water rescue training exercise in a campus pool. As Officer Sable exited the pool at the end of the exercise, he suffered cardiac arrest. On-site medics and firefighters immediately performed CPR. He was transported to a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he remained until passing away on May 9th, 2018.

Officer Sable served with the York City Police Department for four years and was a U.S Marine Corps veteran. He was a member of the York County Quick Response Team and is survived by his wife and three children.


Apr 23, 2018

Detective Sergeant Brian S. Cuscino | New Castle Police Department, Pennsylvania

New Castle Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, April 19, 2018

Brian S. Cuscino

Detective Sergeant Brian Cuscino suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in the department's mandatory physical fitness program at approximately 7:30 am.

He collapsed while using a treadmill at a local gym that was authorized to be used for the wellness program. Another officer found him unconscious.

Sergeant Cuscino had served with the New Castle Police Department for 17 years and was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division and Special Response Team. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

He passed away on the same day he was to receive the department's Officer of the Quarter award.


Nov 18, 2017
 Patrolman Brian David Shaw | New Kensington Police Department, Pennsylvania

New Kensington Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, November 17, 2017

Officer Brian Shaw

Police Officer Brian Shaw was shot and killed while making a traffic stop of a vehicle in the 1200 block of Leishman Avenue at approximately 8:00 pm.

The driver fled on foot during the stop, then opened fire on Officer Shaw as he pursued him. Officer Shaw was fatally wounded in the chest during the foot pursuit. The subject continued to flee and remains at large.

Officer Shaw had served with the New Kensington Police Department for only five months. He had previously served as a part-time officer for three years with the Cheswick Police Department, Frazer Police Department, and Springdale Township Police Department.


Jul 14, 2017

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, July 14, 2017

Trooper Michael Stewart

Trooper Michael Stewart was killed in a vehicle crash on Route 711, at the Route 271 split, in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County, at approximately 2:20 am.

His patrol SUV was traveling southbound when a garbage truck attempted to turn left onto the roadway in front of it, causing a collision. Trooper Stewart suffered fatal injuries in the crash and his partner suffered minor injuries.

Trooper Stewart had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for three years.


Dec 31, 2016

Trooper Landon Eugene Weaver | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, December 30, 2016
Trooper Landon Weaver

Trooper Landon Weaver was shot and killed when he and another trooper responded to a domestic disturbance at a rural home on Bakers Hollow Road in Juniata Township, Huntingdon County, at approximately 6:30 pm.

He had responded to the home to investigate a protective order violation when he was shot. The subject who shot him had been released on bail on a felony charge earlier in the month. The subject was located the following morning and is now deceased.

Trooper Weaver had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for only one year and was assigned to Troop G. He is survived by his wife.


Nov 10, 2016

Police Officer Scott Leslie Bashioum | Canonsburg Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania  

Canonsburg Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, November 10, 2016

Scott Leslie Bashioum

Police Officer Scott Bashioum was shot and killed as he and his partner responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home on the 100 block of Woodcrest Drive at approximately 3:15 am.

He and another officer were ambushed and shot as they approached the home.

The subject who shot them then committed suicide inside the home after murdering his pregnant wife.

Both officers were transported to Canonsburg Hospital, where Officer Bashioum succumbed to his wounds. The other officer was flown to Allegheny General Hospital to undergo emergency surgery.

Officer Bashioum was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Canonsburg Borough Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and children.


Sep 09, 2016

Police Officer Raymond Diaz, Jr. | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, September 9, 2016

Raymond Diaz, Jr.

Police Officer Raymond Diaz died as a result of complications due to injuries sustained in an accident when his patrol car was struck by a vehicle while responding to a burglary.

As a result of the accident, Officer Diaz was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms as well as other injuries. As part of his treatment, Officer Diaz was given a cane to use because of his concussion. While at home recovering, Officer Diaz suffered a recurrent injury during a fall. Surgery was performed to correct the injury. Officer Diaz died as a result of an accidental prescription drug overdose.

Police Officer Raymond Diaz was assigned to the 24th Police District and served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 20 years.

He was survived by his wife and three children.

In October 2019, 2100 Castor Avenue was renamed Police Officer Raymond Diaz, Jr. Memorial Highway.


Feb 16, 2016

Detective Paul John Koropal | Allegheny County District Attorney's Office - Investigative Division, Pennsylvania

Allegheny County District Attorney's Office - Investigative Division, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Detective Paul Koropal

Detective Paul Koropal suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in serving 11 search warrants in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

He and other members of a federal narcotics task force were serving the warrants when he told his partner he wasn't feeling well. He was taken to the Uniontown Hospital where he suffered a fatal heart attack at approximately 2:30 pm.

Detective Koropal had served with the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office for 18 years and was assigned to the Pennsylvania State Police Auto Theft Task Force. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son, his mother, and three sisters.


Nov 29, 2015

  St. Clair Township Police Department, Pennsylvania


End of Watch: Saturday, November 28, 2015

Lloyd Reed

Police Officer Lloyd Reed was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home at 131 Ligonier Street, in New Florence.

He was fatally shot by the subject as he arrived at the location. Despite being wounded, Officer Reed was able to return fire and wounded the subject. The man fled the scene but was arrested by members of the Pennsylvania State Police approximately six hours later, suffering a gunshot wound in the shoulder.

Officer Reed was transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Reed served with the St. Clair Township Police Department for five years. He had previously served with the Seven Springs Borough Police Department, Hooversville Borough Police Department, and Seward Borough Police Department for a combined total of 25 years. He is survived by his wife.


Jul 12, 2015

Patrolman John James Wilding | Scranton Police Department, Pennsylvania

Scranton Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, July 12, 2015

John James Wilding

Patrolman John Wilding succumbed to injuries sustained the previous night at approximately 3:20 am while pursuing three juveniles who had stolen a vehicle.

The juveniles bailed out of the vehicle in the area of the 300 block of North Main Avenue with several officers, including Patrolman Wilding, chasing them on foot. Patrolman Wilding jumped over a small wall behind a restaurant at 301 North Main Avenue, not realizing that there was a 15-foot drop on the other side. He suffered a serious head injury as the result of the fall.

He was transported to Geisinger Community Medical Center, where he remained until succumbing to his injuries early the next morning.

All three juveniles were arrested and charged as adults with robbery, terroristic threats, and recklessly endangering another person. Additional charges were filed against all three defendants in 2017 while they were still in custody.

Patrolman Wilding had served with the Scranton Police Department for one year. He is survived by his wife and two children.


Jun 05, 2015

Police Officer Walter John DeWitt, III | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, June 5, 2015

Walter John DeWitt, III

Police Officer Walter DeWitt died from complications of surgery to correct a shoulder injury he suffered in a training accident on October 27th, 2014.

He had initially injured his shoulder in an on-duty vehicle crash on November 19th, 1984. The shoulder was re-injured in 2014 during a tactical training exercise. A recruit had stepped on his foot, causing him to fall backwards onto the floor. His shoulder injury was aggravated and required follow-up surgery. He died from complications of the surgery.

Officer DeWitt had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 33 years.


May 20, 2015
Sergeant Sheryl A. Pierce | South Londonderry Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

South Londonderry Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Saturday, September 14, 2013

Sergeant Sheryl Pierce

Sergeant Sheryl Pierce died as the result of Hepatitis C, which she contracted in 1994 while subduing a man who was bleeding profusely.

She was diagnosed with the disease in 2009 and her condition continued to worsen until she passed away on September 14th, 2013.

Sergeant Pierce had served with the South Londonderry Township Police Department for 13 years. She is survived by her parents.


May 06, 2015
Lieutenant Eric Alan Eslary | Ligonier Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

Ligonier Township Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Eric Alan Eslary

Lieutenant Eric Eslary was killed in a vehicle collision on Route 30, near Clark Hollow Road, at approximately 2:00 am.

His patrol SUV was struck head-on by a van driving the wrong way on the divided highway. His canine partner suffered serious injuries and underwent surgery at an emergency animal hospital. The two occupants of the van were critically injured. The driver of the van was sentenced to 12 to 30 years in prison in early 2017.

Lieutenant Eslary had served with the Ligonier Township Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and six children.

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Mar 06, 2015
Police Officer Robert Wilson, III | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, March 5, 2015

Robert Francis Wilson, III

Police Officer Robert Wilson was shot and killed when he and his partner interrupted a robbery at a video game store at 2101 West Lehigh Avenue at approximately 4:45 pm.

The officers were conducting a security check of the businesses in the strip mall and had parked in front of the store. Officer Wilson went into the store to conduct the security check and to buy a video game for one of his sons as a birthday gift. While he was inside, two brothers entered the store and announced a robbery, not noticing Officer Wilson's presence or the patrol car parked out front.

Officer Wilson immediately announced himself. He exchanged shots with the two brothers as he drew fire away from the customers and employees. He was struck three times during the shootout in which more than 50 shots were fired. The two men then exited the store where they engaged in a shootout with Officer Wilson's partner, who had remained in the patrol car. One of the subjects was wounded during the second shootout.

Both men were arrested and charged with Officer Wilson's murder. One of the brothers was on parole for robbery at the time and both had extensive criminal histories. Both men were sentenced to life in prison in June 2018.

Officer Wilson had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for eight years. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.


Dec 16, 2014

Police Officer Richard Anthony Champion | Perryopolis Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Perryopolis Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, December 14, 2014

Richard Anthony Champion

Police Officer Richard Champion was killed in a vehicle crash while pursuing a vehicle on Pittsburgh Road, in Perry Township, at approximately 1:00 p.m.

During the pursuit another vehicle turned in front of Officer Champion's patrol car, causing a collision. Officer Champion became trapped in the patrol car while it caught fire. Several citizens attempted to break the windows but were unable to free him from the wreckage. The driver of the other vehicle in the crash was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

The vehicle he was pursuing continued to flee the and the driver remains at large.

Officer Champion was a military veteran. He had served with the Perryopolis Borough Police Department for eight months and also worked part-time with the Derry Borough Police Department. He is survived by his wife and 16-month-old child.

In May 2017, Route 51 in Fayette County was renamed Officer Richard Champion Highway.


Oct 02, 2014

Trooper David Kedra | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, September 30, 2014

David Kedra

Trooper David Kedra was accidentally shot and killed while participating in a training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex, in Plymouth Township, at approximately 4:45 pm.

During the exercise, a live round was discharged and struck Trooper Kedra in the chest. He was flown to Temple University Hospital where he succumbed to the injury.

Trooper Kedra had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for just over two years.


Oct 01, 2014

Sergeant Anthony Joseph Gorman | Sugarcreek Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Sugarcreek Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Anthony Joseph Gorman

Sergeant Anthony Gorman died as a result of complications due to a gunshot wound sustained 17 years earlier while investigating a suspicious vehicle in a church parking lot on Keely Road shortly after midnight.

Unbeknownst to Sergeant Gorman, the subject was responsible for several armed robberies in the area and had committed one shortly before the shooting. As Sergeant Gorman approached the vehicle, he was shot by the subject just below his vest, striking him in his abdomen. Sergeant Gorman was able to return fire at the subject but did not strike him. The subject fled the scene of the shooting in a wooded area to his home where he was arrested by authorities several hours later.

Sergeant Gorman was rushed to a hospital in the city of Franklin where he was initially treated and then life-flighted to a hospital in Pittsburgh.

As a result of the gunshot wound, Sergeant Gorman went through several hospitalizations before he was able to return to work for a short time. He medically retired in August 2000. He had multiple recurrent bleeding episodes that required multiple blood transfusions. As his health continued to deteriorate, Sergeant Gorman died shortly after hospitalization as a result of complications.

The subject was sentenced to 17 to 50 years in prison for attempted murder and armed robbery. While in prison, the sentence was increased after the subject attacked two corrections officers at the Venango County Jail and for retaliating against a witness as the result of writing a letter to Sergeant Gorman while serving his original sentence. The subject was found dead in his cell on March 10th, 2015, at the State Correctional Institute in Albion, Pennsylvania.

Sergeant Gorman was a retired U.S Army Military police officer and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He served with the Sugarcreek Borough Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


Sep 16, 2014

Corporal Bryon K. Dickson, II | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, September 12, 2014


Corporal Bryon Dickson was shot and killed from ambush at the Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County, at approximately 11:00 pm.


Corporal Dickson and another trooper were both outside of the barracks during a shift change when they were shot by an unknown assailant using a .308 caliber rifle. The suspect remains at large.

Corporal Dickson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for seven years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

                                                             


Dec 05, 2013

Patrolman Edward A. Wehe, III | Delaware County Courthouse and Park Police Department, Pennsylvania

Delaware County Courthouse and Park Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Edward A. Wehe, III

Patrolman Edward Wehe suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after clearing the scene of a protest at the Delaware County Prison.

He had been dispatched to the prison to assist in removing the protesters, who had not obtained the proper permits to assemble. He was able to clear the scene after approximately four hours. He went to a local restaurant where he ran into his daughter and, while speaking with her, suddenly collapsed. His daughter immediately initiated CPR until medics arrived. He was transported to Riddle Memorial Hospital where he passed away.

Patrolman Wehe was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Delaware County Courthouse and Park Police Department for 18 years, and also served as a part-time officer with the Marcus Hook Police Department. He is survived by his daughter, granddaughter, fiancee, and brother.


Jul 08, 2012

Police Officer Brian J. Lorenzo | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, July 8, 2012

Brian J. Lorenzo

Police Officer Brian Lorenzo was killed when his department motorcycle was struck head-on by a drunk driver on I-95, near the Cottman Avenue exit at approximately 3:15 a.m.

The drunk driver was driving the wrong way on the interstate at the time. The driver was arrested at the scene and later charged with third-degree murder.

Officer Lorenzo had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 23 years and was assigned to the Highway Patrol. He is survived by his wife and three children. He is also survived by a brother who serves with the Philadelphia Police Department.


Jun 22, 2013

Patrolman Daniel

Forest City Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, June 22, 2013

Daniel "J.J." Lomax

Patrolman J.J. Lomax was electrocuted when he came into contact with a live electrical wire while assisting at the scene of an accident on Sawmill Road, in Salem Township, at approximately 3:10 am.

He was en route home following his shift when he came across the single-vehicle accident. He was attempting to assist the driver when he came in contact with the downed wire.

Patrolman Lomax had served in law enforcement for 27 years. He worked for the Forest City Borough Police Department, Mayfield Police Department, Great Bend Police Department. He also served as a volunteer firefighter with several fire departments. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and several siblings.
Jun 27, 2013
Sgt. John A. Barney Barnhart (Ret.), 60, of Allentown, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, suffering from complications due to injuries sustained while in the line of duty. He was the husband of Susan M. (Wilkins) Barnhart with whom he celebrated 37 years of marriage. Born in West Pittston, PA on January 18, 1953, he was the son of the late Malcolm E. and Clare P. (Rader) Barnhart. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Allentown and was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus Assembly 931. John attended Admiral Farragut Academy, NJ, and graduated from Whitehall H.S. in 1970. After graduating high school, he started as a Santa at the Whitehall Mall, continuing his role as Santa for F.O.P. Lodge 10, The Spina Bifida Assoc. of the Lehigh Valley, Turning Point Bethlehem, Allentown Federal Credit Union, City of Allentown Employee Christmas Caroling Program, Wiley House, and the Good Shepherd Day Care. John began his career as a police cadet in 1973, joining the Allentown Police Department in 1974. He received numerous commendations, including one for heroism when he entered the Lehigh River to save the lives of three men. In 1985, he coordinated the F.O.P. Food Basket Program as well as fundraisers for The Spina Bifida Association of the Lehigh Valley. He was a loaned executive for United Way, financial secretary for F.O.P.Lodge 10, and a delegate on the F.O.P. State Board. He also served for Big Brothers & Big Sisters and the Visiting Nurses Association, and was a 32nd Degree F. & A.M. at the Jordan-Martin Lodge #673. In 1988, John received the Allentown City Council Spirit Award. John was also an instructor at the Allentown Police Academy, certified scuba diver for the A.P.D., a competitive shooter on the police pistol team, hostage negotiator, master of ceremonies for many police functions, certified defensive driving instructor throughout the state of PA, and also a wonderful Rodney Dangerfield impersonator. John retired as a sergeant in 1996 after being injured in a Dream Come True charity race in 1991 when he was struck from behind by a go-cart operated by the former Mayor of Bethlehem, Ken Smith. His injuries ultimately caused him to have numerous surgeries which left him paralyzed below the waist. Although the last 10 years of his life he was confined to a hospital bed at home, he still enjoyed the love and company of his family and friends. And he especially enjoyed the time he spent with his grandson. John was a voracious reader, especially of history and WWII. He loved music and was a trivia buff. He also was an artist, drawing cartoons and caricatures for the F.O.P. newsletter, The Blue Line. Survivors: Wife; children, Sarah R. Bologna and her husband, Michael, Jonathan E. Barnhart; sister, Loretta Golden and her husband, Robert, of Omaha, NE; grandson, Nathan John, who was the joy of his life; nieces and nephews; faithful companions, Orion and Hooper. John was predeceased by his sister, Patricia A. Barnhart. Contributions: Don Bosco Maridi Project - Salesian Lay Missioners, ATTN: Adam Rudin, 2 LeFevre Lane, P.O. Box 30, New Rochelle, NY 10802 or salesianlaymissioners.org.
Published in Morning Call on June 27, 2013

May 03, 2013
Patrolman William J.

Shenango Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, May 2, 2013

m Jerome "Jerry" McCarthy, IV

Patrolman Jerry McCarthy was struck and killed while responding to the area of a pursuit in New Castle. The subject vehicle ran a stop sign near the intersection of Warren Avenue and Cascade Street and crashed into the passenger side of the cruiser, where Officer McCarthy was seated.

Patrolman McCarthy was pronounced dead during transport to Jameson Hospital. The officer driving the cruiser also sustained injuries in the crash.

The subject had been arrested less than one month earlier, by Patrolman McCarthy's partner, for operating without a license. She was apprehended at the scene and plead guilty in April of 2014 to multiple charges and was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.

Patrolman McCarthy worked part time for the Shenango Township Police Department and at the Lawrence County District Attorney’s office. He had been with the Shenango Township Police for exactly one year but had served with law enforcement for 25 years. Patrolman McCarthy is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, step-daughter, and step-son.


Jul 09, 2012

Patrolman Avery E. Freeman | Chester City Police Department, Pennsylvania

Chester City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, April 30, 2012

Avery E. Freeman

Patrolman Avery Freeman succumbed to complications of a surgery required after injuring his knee while on duty.

On March 31, 2012, he and another officer had arrested a female subject at the scene of a domestic disturbance. As Patrolman Freeman walked back to his patrol car he slipped on wet, moss-covered bricks and fell, injuring both knees. The injuries were severe enough that surgery was required. As he recovered from the surgery at the Taylor Rehabilitation Center he suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism.

Patrolman Freeman had served in law enforcement for 17 years. He is survived by his four children, mother, and siblings.


Oct 04, 2012

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, October 4, 2012

Blake T. Coble

Trooper Blake Coble was killed when his patrol car collided with a tractor trailer at the intersection of SR 168 and Blackhawk Road in South Beaver Township, Beaver County, at approximately 10:00 am.

His patrol car was struck after the semi ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed.

He was transported to Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Trooper Coble, who was preparing for retirement, had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 24 years and was assigned to Troop D, Beaver Station. He is survived by his wife and two children. His wife serves as a dispatcher for the agency.


Sep 14, 2012

Police Officer Bradley Michael Fox | Plymouth Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

Plymouth Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bradley Michael Fox

Police Officer Brad Fox was shot and killed while involved in a foot pursuit along the Schuylkill River Trail, near the intersection of Conshohocken and Ernest Station Roads.

He and other officers had been investigating an accident when the driver of a vehicle drove around traffic stopped at the scene, prompting the officers to pursue the vehicle. The vehicle, which was later determined to be stolen, struck another car before the driver fled on foot along the trail.

Officer Fox radioed for backup and began searching for the suspect with his canine, Nick. As they walked up a hill adjacent to railroad tracks, the suspect emerged from an ambush position and opened fire, killing Officer Fox and wounding K9 Nick. The subject then fatally shot himself in the chest twice. An investigation determined that the subject was on felony probation at the time, and was also the prime suspect in the disappearance of his fiancee in 1999.

Officer Fox was a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran and had served with the Plymouth Township Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his expectant wife and young daughter. Officer Fox was killed the day before his 35th birthday.

In September 2014, Route 263 was renamed Bradley M. Fox Memorial Highway, on his 37th birthday.

 

 


Aug 21, 2012

Police Officer Moses Walker, Jr. | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, August 18, 2012

Moses Walker, Jr.

Police Officer Moses Walker was shot and killed while attempting to take police action while off duty shortly before 6:00 am.

He had just finished his shift at the 22nd district station and was walking to a bus stop after changing into civilian clothes. He was at the intersection of North 20th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue when two men started following him in a suspicious manner. He attempted to take evasive action to avoid an encounter but the men caught him and announced a robbery.

As he drew his weapon to take action against the men he was shot in the chest, stomach, and arm. The entire incident was captured on several surveillance systems.

Both subjects were arrested within several days. On July 2, 2015, the shooter was sentenced to life.

Officer Walker had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 19 years. He is survived by his five siblings.




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