Rafferty Honors Police Officers Who Died in the Line of Duty

For Immediate Release
5/10/13

Harrisburg – State Sen. John Rafferty (R-44) joined members of law enforcement, families and state officials this week to honor the five police officers who died in the line of duty in 2012.

The senator took part in the annual Police Memorial Ceremony conducted by the Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania State Lodge, held near the Capitol on May 6. Senator Rafferty sponsored Senate Resolution 105 with Sen. Mike Stack (D-5) designating the day as “Police Officers Memorial Day” in Pennsylvania.

“The men and women of law enforcement put on the uniform every day knowing there is a chance they will not return home. Those who display such commitment, and those who make the ultimate sacrifice, make this a more civil society,” said Rafferty. “We must never forget the sacrifices made year in and year out.”

The follow officers were killed in the line of duty in 2012:

  • Plymouth Twp. Police Officer Bradley Fox was shot and killed responding to a hit-and-run accident.
  • Chester police Officer Avery Freeman died from injuries he sustained from a fall while investigating a domestic disturbance.
  • Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Blake Coble was killed when his patrol car collided with a tractor trailer
  • Philadelphia Police Officer Brian Lorenzo perished when his department motorcycle was hit head-on by a drunk driver.
  • Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker Jr. died when he was shot by two robbers at a bus stop.

“These police officers leave behind grieving communities and heartbroken families as they join the approximately 774 police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice throughout the history of this commonwealth,” Rafferty said.  “It is important that we never forget the price they paid to protect us, and that we honor their service and that of their brothers and sisters in uniform.”

CONTACT:

Ryan Boop
(717) 787-1398
rboop@pasen.gov