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    Updated On: Jan 29, 2015

     

    Patrolman

    Douglas H. Pyle

    Parkesburg Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

    End of Watch: Thursday, September 15, 1988

    Location on National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 2-W: Line 16

    Biographical Info

    Age: 20

    Tour of Duty: 1 year, 6 months

    Badge Number: 9

    Incident Details

    Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

    Date of Incident: September 15, 1988

    Patrolman Pyle was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty returning from police training.

    He had served with the Parkesburg Police Department for 1.5 years and was survived by his parents, brother, and sister.


     

    Trooper

    John J. Brown

    Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

    End of Watch: Thursday, February 14, 1985

    Location on National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 26-W: Line 5

    Biographical Info

    Age: 37

    Tour of Duty: 14 years, 8 months

    Badge Number: 1290

    Incident Details

    Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

    Date of Incident: January 31, 1985

    Trooper John Brown succumbed to injuries received two weeks earlier when he was struck by a vehicle. He was investigating an accident on U.S. Route 1 in Chester County when the second vehicle went out of control on the icy highway and struck him. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained in intensive care until succumbing to his injuries two weeks later.

    Trooper Brown was a Vietnam War veteran and had been with the Pennsylvania State Police for just under 15 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter and parents.


     

    Trooper

    David D. Monahan

    Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

    End of Watch: Thursday, April 17, 1980

    Location on National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 60-W: Line 3

    Biographical Info

    Age: 38

    Tour of Duty: 9 years

    Incident Details

    Cause of Death: Vehicular Assault

    Date of Incident: April 17, 1980

    Suspect Info: Charged with Vehicular Homicide

    Trooper David Monahan was killed when his patrol car was intentionally rammed during a roadblock. Other troopers and local officers were chasing a serial burglary suspect in Chester County when the driver of the vehicle struck the passenger side of Trooper Monahan's vehicle. 

    He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The suspect was also injured and was charged with homicide by motor vehicle.

    Trooper Monahan was a military veteran and had served with the agency for 9 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter. 
     


     

    Chief of Police

    Robert W. Gates, Sr.

    East Pikeland Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

    End of Watch: Wednesday, July 23, 1975

    Location on National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 25-E: Line 25

    Biographical Info

    Age: 60

    Tour of Duty: 16 years

    Incident Details

    Cause of Death: Heart attack

    Date of Incident: July 23, 1975

    Chief Gates suffered a fatal heart attack while investigating a prowler call at a residence. He had been on duty at the township fire department for the annual fair when he was notified of a prowler at a home across the street. He collapsed as he searched home.

    Chief Gates had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife.


     

    Police Officer                                                                          

    William W. Davis

    Kennett Square Police Department, Pennsylvania

    End of Watch: Wednesday, November 15, 1972

    Location on National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 62-W: Line 15

    Biographical Info

    Age: 27

    Tour of Duty: 2 years

     Incident Details

    Cause of Death: Gunfire

    Date of Incident: November 15, 1972

    Weapon Used: Rifle

    Suspect Info: Sentenced to life

    Officers Richard Posey and William Davis were shot and killed after being ambushed in the police department's parking lot. 

    Both officers were shot in the back. A 28 year-old man was arrested at his home the next day and charged with their murders. The victim officers had charged him with driving with a revoked license two months earlier.

    The suspect was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two life terms on March 25, 1974.

    Officer Davis had served with the Kennett Square Police Department for two years.


     

    Police Officer

    Richard J. Posey

    Kennett Square Police Department, Pennsylvania

    End of Watch: Wednesday, November 15, 1972

    Location on National Law Enforcment Memorial: Panel 7-E: Line 14

    Biographical Info

    Age: 38

    Tour of Duty: 2 years

     Incident Details

    Cause of Death: Gunfire

    Date of Incident: November 15, 1972

    Weapon Used: Rifle

    Suspect Info: Sentenced to life

    Officers Richard Posey and William Davis were shot and killed after being ambushed in the police department's parking lot. 

    Both officers were shot in the back. A 28 year-old man was arrested at his home the next day and charged with their murders. The victim officers had charged him with driving with a revoked license two months earlier.

    The suspect was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two life terms on March 25, 1974.

    Officer Davis had served with the Kennett Square Police Department for two years.


     

    Trooper                                                                                  

    Robert J. Lomas, Jr.

    Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

    End of Watch: Sunday, June 13, 1971

    Location on National Law Enforcment Memorial: Panel 5-W: Line 12

    Biographical Info

    Age: Unknown

    Tour of Duty: Unknown

    Incident Details

    Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

    Date of Incident: June 13, 1971

    Weapon Used: Hand Gun

    Suspect Info: N/A

    Trooper Robert J. Lomas Jr was shot with an accidental discharge inside the Avondale Barracks by a fellow Trooper. 


     

    Chief of Police

    Daniel W. Guldin

    North Conventry Police Department, Pennsylvania

    End of Watch: Thursday, September 10, 1959

    Location on National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 37-E: Line 22

    Biographical Info

    Age: 53

    Tour of Duty: 27 years

    Incident Details

    Cause of Death: Heart attack

    Date of Incident: September 10, 1959

    Chief Guldin suffered a fatal heart attack after strugging with a suspect he had arrested for drunk driving. After transporting the prisoner to the police station the man became uncooperative and resisted Chief Guldin. Chief Guldin began to experience chest pains and was transported to a local hospital where he suffered the heart attack.

    Chief Guldin had been with the agency for 27 years and was survived by his wife and child.


     

    Constable

    William King

    Pennsylvania State Constable - Chester County, Pennsylvania

    End of Watch: Monday, October 24, 1921

    Location on National Law Enforcement Memorial: N/A

    Incident Details

    Cause of Death: Gunfire

    Date of Incident: October 24, 1921

    Weapon Used: Handgun

    Suspect Info: Executed

    Constable William King was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a man in Green Tree Hollow, near Malvern. When Constable King located the subject, the man asked that Constable King read the warrant.

    As Constable King folded the warrant after reading it, the subject produced a semi-automatic handgun shot him once, knocking him down a flight of stairs. The man then walked down the stairs and shot Constable King two more times, killing him.

    The suspect fled the scene and was pursued by a large posse. Two members of the Pennsylvania State Police who were also involved in the search located him at a home in North Berwyn. After a short foot pursuit the officers were able to take him into custody.

    He admitted to Constable King's murder and was sentenced to death. He was later executed by electrocution.

    Constable King was survived by his father, who also served as a constable.


     

    Special Policeman

    John Babb

    West Chester Police Department, Pennsylvania

    End of Watch: Friday, December 31, 1909

    Location of National Law Enforment Memorial: N/A

    Incident Details

    Cause of Death: Gunfire

    Date of Incident: December 31, 1909

    Weapon Used: Shotgun

    Suspect Info: Apprehended

    Special Policeman John Babb was shot and killed by a 16 year-old boy inside the boy's home when he attempted to arrest him on a warrant for incorrigibility.

    The suspect attempted to murder his parents by putting broken glass in their food. As Policeman Babb ascended the stairway, the suspect armed with a shotgun, fired a load of birdshot into his head, killing him instantly. The West Chester Police Chief along with several officers went to the scene and arrested the suspect.


    Sheriff                                                                          

    Benjamin F. Irey

    Chester County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

    End of Watch: Monday, January 3, 1887

    Location on National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 53-W:Line 25

    Biographical Info                                                                                  

    Age: 57

    Tour of Duty: 1 day

    Incident Details

    Cause of Death: Struck by train

    Date of Incident: January 3, 1887

     Sheriff Benjamin Irey was struck and killed by a train while en route to serve a warrant.

    He was struck as he crossed a set of tracks while switching trains.

    Sheriff Irey had started his first term as sheriff on the previous day. He was survived by his wife and five children.



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