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“Fallen But Not Forgotten”


25 FALLEN OFFICERS FOUND IN PA


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Steven Ary Sr.


EOW: 09/16/1973

Correctional Officer Steven Ary, Sr. was stabbed to death while working at Graterford State Prison.

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James A. Bloomer


EOW: 03/25/1892

Overseer James Bloomer died of a stab wound sustained as he and a prison keeper tried dealing with a prisoner who had destroyed his cell and lit hi...

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David Bowser


EOW: 11/13/2002

Officer Bowser was participating in an Emergency Response Team (ERT) exercise on prison grounds when he was struck by a car and killed. The ERT was...

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Edward Boyer


EOW: 06/05/1977

Correctional Employee Edward Boyer died as a result of a blow to the head from an inmate in the dining area.

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Christopher Burgert


EOW: 03/31/2004

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Burgert and his partner Deputy Sheriff Michael VanKuren went to serve a bench warrant on a male subject, a sentenced cri...

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Gary Chapin


EOW: 11/15/2010

On October 13th, Correctional Officer Gary Chapin was assaulted by an inmate who was upset over an unsharpened pencil. Officer Chapin was trying t...

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John Coax


EOW: 02/11/1924

Corrections Officer John Coax and Deputy Warden John Pieper were shot and killed during an escape attempt. The escape attempt started when a gas ma...

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Marcella Coleman


EOW: 10/09/2004

Correctional Officer Coleman died in a fire bombing of her house along with five other family members asleep at the time of the bombing. The bombi...

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Patrick Curran


EOW: 05/31/1973

Warden Patrick Curran and Deputy Warden Robert Fromhold were stabbed to death by two members of a religious group that was upset with prison restri...

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Charles Elder


EOW: 08/09/1954

Corrections Officer Charles Elder was stabbed to death by four inmates who were attempting to escape through the bakeshop.

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Robert Fromhold sr.


EOW: 05/31/1973

Deputy Warden Robert Fromhold and Warden Patrick Curran were stabbed to death by two members of a religious group that was upset with prison restri...

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James Gastin


EOW: 10/31/1844

Keeper James Gastin was beaten to death by an insane inmate in the Eastern State Penitentiary. The inmate had become irate inside of his cell af...

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Matthew Goodwin


EOW: 01/29/1999

Correctional Officer Matthew Goodwin died from a massive heart attack while participating in physical training for the C.E.R.T.

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Clifford J. Grogan Sr.


EOW: 11/12/1965

Correctional Officer Clifford Grogan Sr. was murdered at SCI-Pittsburgh. Minutes before going off duty, Officer Grogan saw the need for his immedia...

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Stephen Heiss


EOW: 08/28/2005

Correctional Officer Stephen Heiss was entering the private club of the United Veterans Association when three individuals were trying to enter the...

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Edwin H. Lichtenberger


EOW: 07/17/1944

Guard Edwin Lichtenberger was murdered inside the Eastern State Penitentiary during an escape attempt by an inmate. The inmate had planned an ...

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Jamie Longenecker


EOW: 05/28/2008

On November 27, 2007 Officer Longenecker was walking down the command center stairwell and fell. He suffered a right ankle fracture that required s...

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Robert Miller


EOW: 10/12/1987

Officer Robert Miller was shot and killed when he and three other Correctional Officers were ambushed while escorting an inmate to a transport vehi...

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Felix Mokychic


EOW: 03/20/1979

Captain Felix Mokychic was beaten to death by an inmate who attacked him with a baseball bat. The inmate had hidden the baseball bat under his pri...

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Kristopher Moules


EOW: 07/18/2016

Correctional Officer Kristopher Moules was handing out dinner trays in the cell block when an inmate approached him and started a heated discussion...

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Walter Peterson


EOW: 12/10/1973

Captain Walter Peterson was beaten to death, three hours after being promoted, with a chair by four inmates in the exercise room. One of the suspe...

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John Pieper


EOW: 02/11/1924

Deputy Warden John Pieper and Correctional Officer John Coax were shot and killed during an attempted prison escape. The escape attempt started whe...

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Michael VanKuren


EOW: 03/31/2004

Deputy Sheriff Michael VanKuren and his partner Deputy Sheriff Christopher Burgert went to serve a bench warrant on a male subject, a sentenced cri...

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David Weaver


EOW: 09/26/2016

Corrections Officer David Weaver died from injuries he sustained nine days earlier when he fell and struck his head at SCI - Graterford. He was su...

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Eric Williams


EOW: 02/25/2013

Senior Officer Eric Williams was stabbed to death by an inmate inside the housing unit at USP Canaan. Around 10:00 pm Officer Williams was locking...

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