Fallen Police Officers

See the faces of the area's finest who died while protecting and serving the public since the year 2000.

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Plymouth Township Police Officer Brad Fox was killed Sept. 13, 2012.
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Plymouth Township Police Officer Brad Fox: Sept. 13, 2012
nFox, a seven-year veteran of the force, was shot and killed while responding to reports of a hit-and-run along Conshohocken State Road. He previously served two tours of duty in Iraq.
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Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker Jr.: Aug. 18, 2012
Walker was shot and killed on his way home from work. He was walking to a bus stop near 20th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia when he was shot three times during a robbery.
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Millville Police Officer Chris Reeves: July 8, 2012
Reeves, an eight-year veteran of the force, was killed when his police cruiser was struck allegedly by a man fleeing police.
Philadelphia Highway Patrol Officer Brian Lorenzo: July 8, 2012
Lorenzo was killed on his way home from work. Police say he was riding his motorcycle on I-95 near Cottman Avenue when he was hit by an accused drunk driver who was going the wrong way.
Philadelphia Police Officer Marc Brady: July 15, 2012
Brady was struck and killed by a car as he rode his bicycle near Musgrave Street and Meehan Avenue in East Mount Airy. He was off-duty at the time and police say the driver who hit him was dating the officer's ex-girlfriend.
Philadelphia Police Officer Milan Merke: June 8, 2012
Merke was off-duty and participating in the Midnight Run for Peace when his motorcycle was hit by a car at Broad and Master Streets in North Philadelphia. He died at the hospital a week later.
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Chester Police Patrolman Avery Freeman: April 30, 2012
Freeman, a cop of 17 years, died from complications following surgery for a leg injury he suffered on the job.
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New Castle County Police Sgt. Joseph Szczerba: Sept, 16, 2011
Szczerba, an 18-year-veteran of the force, was stabbed and killed while chasing a suspect in the Penn Acres community.
Lakewood Police Officer Chris Matlosz: Jan. 14, 2011
Matlosz, a five-year veteran, was shot and killed as he spoke to a man walking along august Drive in Lakewood.
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Philadelphia Police Officer John Pawlowski: Feb. 13, 2009
Pawlowski was shot and killed at Broad and Olney when he answered a call about a disturbance between two men.
Philadelphia Police Sgt. Timothy Simpson: Nov. 17, 2008
Simpson, a 20-year veteran of the Philadelphia police force, was responding to a robbery when his police cruiser was struck. The driver was allegedly on drugs.
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Police Officer Patrick McDonald: Sept. 23, 2008
Officer McDonald was shot and killed during a seemingly routine traffic stop in North Philadelphia. The suspect jumped out of his car and shot McDonald as the 8-year veteran pursued him on foot.
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Philadelphia Police Officer Isabel Nazario: Sept. 5, 2008
Nazario, an 18-year veteran of the force, was the passenger in a police cruiser driven by her partner when a stoeln SUV broadsided their car.
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Philadelphia Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski: May 3, 2008
Sgt. Liczbinski, a 12-year veteran of the force, was shot and killed responding to a bank robbery in Port Richmond.
Philadelphia Police Officer Chuck Cassidy: Oct. 31, 2007
Officer Cassidy, a 25-year veteran of the force, was shot after walking in on a robbery in progress at a Dunkin' Donuts in North Philly. He died the next day.
Philadelphia Police Officer Gary Skerski: May 8, 2006
Skerski was shot and killed while responding to an armed robbery call at a Frankford-section bar.
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Philadelphia Police Officer Paris Williams: June 21, 2005
Williams, an 18-year veteran of the force, suffered a deadly heart attack while assisting other officers during a protest.
Atlantic City Patrolman Thomas McMeekin: March 4, 2005
McMeekin, a five-year veteran of the force, was hit by a bus and killed while directing traffic.
Delaware State Corporal Christopher Shea: July 18, 2004
Shea, a four-year veteran of the force, was in his cruiser when an alleged intoxicated driver struck and killed the officer on State Route 1 near Milford.
Philadelphia Police Det. Anthony Johnson: Jan. 7, 2003
Johnson, a 22-year veteran of the force, suffered a deadly heart attack while trying to subdue an unruly student. Johnson was volunteering to coach the Overbrook High basketball team.
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Police Officer Thomas Bray: Nov. 13, 2001
Bray, a 23-year veteran of the force who was working with the department's marine unit, drowned while assisting the U.S. Coast Guard, to recover a sunken buoy.
Delaware State Corporal Francis Marie Collender: Feb. 6, 2001
Collender, a four-year veteran of the force, died after being pinned against her car while responding to a disabled vehicle.
Philadelphia Police Officer Jose Ortiz: Sept. 21, 2000
Ortiz was struck by a fellow cop car as he pursued a burglary suspect at 9th and Cambria Streets. Ortiz died three days later. The 29-year-old was a four-year veteran of the force.
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