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…
May 12, 2004
Pa. Police Chief Killed in Crash With New Motorcycle
Officer Down: Chief Doug Shertzer - [Lititz, Pennsylvania]
The Associated Press
Lititz, Pa. (AP) -- A police chief riding a new motorcycle obtained
this month through a Harley Davidson promotion died on the bike
Tuesday when he and a teenage driver collided.
Chief Doug Shertzer, 45, of Lititz died at a hospital after the crash
on Route 741.
A 23-year veteran of the department, he had been its chief for a decade.
Shertzer was returning from Lancaster Harley Davidson, where he had
gone to pick up sun visors and have some bolts replaced.
The other driver, 18-year-old June Lee, turned her car in front of
Shertzer at an intersection, East Hempfield Township police said. She
was not injured, and no charges have been filed.
The department bought the motorcycle for $1 as part of a Harley
Davidson offer to police departments across the county, Lititz Mayor
Russell Pettyjohn said. He said the chief was a long-time motorcycle
enthusiast who attended a police training course for riders in
Reading last week.
Shertzer is survived by a wife, son and daughter.
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