Press Release For 2024 Police Memorial Service
Updated On: May 06, 2024

FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE PENNSYLVANIA STATE LODGE

5262 E. Trindle Road

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

PRESS RELEASE

FOP, DIGNITARIES HONOR FALLEN OFFICERS

AT 29th ANNUAL STATE FOP MEMORIAL SERVICE

HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 6, 2024) âۥ Today, the Pennsylvania State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police honored the lives of its brave officers who died in the line of duty, during its 29th annual memorial service in the State Capitol Rotunda. In 2023, 136 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers died in the line of duty.

            The Pennsylvania officers who died in the line of duty in 2023 were:

  • Police Officer Charles Stipetich, Oakdale Police Department
  • Chief Justin McIntire, Brackenridge Police Department
  • Police Officer Sean Sluganski, McKeesport Police Department
  • Sgt. Christopher D. Fitzgerald, Temple University Police Department
  • Trooper Jacques Rougeau Jr., Pennsylvania State Police
  • Sgt. Richard Carrero Mendez, Philadelphia Police Department

The ceremony included remarks from Gov. Josh Shapiro, Attorney General Michelle Henry and FOP President Joe Regan. Also included were the presentation of the memorial wreath and resolutions from the General Assembly. Families of the fallen officers were invited to place flowers at the wreath in their memory and were presented with medals of ultimate sacrifice in honor of their loved ones to recognize the bravery they displayed while protecting and serving the commonwealth.

“Each year, we honor the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the line of duty,” said Joe Regan, PA FOP president. “We gather to pay tribute to them and stand with the families and friends of these men who displayed bravery and courage to protect our communities each day.”

The names of the fallen officers are added to the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., during National Police Week.


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