As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Officer Down: Joseph Pokorny - [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania]
Additional Info: Corporal Joseph Pokorny had been with the Pennsylvania State Police Department for 22 years. He leaves behind his wife and two children.
Cause of Death: Corporal Pokorny was shot and killed while making a traffic stop.
Date of Incident:
December 12, 2005
By Steve Levin, Jonathan D. Silver and Michael A. Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PITTSBURGH, Pa.-- State, county and city police surrounded an apartment building on the South Side and shut down streets in the area today as they sought to arrest a suspect connected with the fatal shooting of a state police corporal.
Cpl. Joseph Pokorny was shot while making a traffic stop shortly after 2 a.m. today in the parking lot of the Extended Stay America hotel near the Carnegie exit of Interstate 279, officials said. A Carnegie Borough officer on routine patrol discovered the body about 10 minutes later after spotting the empty patrol car.
An autopsy today determined Cpl. Pokorny died of a gunshot to the chest. Officials said he had been shot multiple times following what appeared to be a violent struggle.
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