08/29/2003

PA State Trooper Dies in Car Accident

Officer Down: Robert Bianchin - [Butler Township, Pennsylvania]

PA State Police Commissioner Miller Mourns Loss Of Police Trooper Robert W. Bianchin Of Troop D, Butler

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- State Police Commissioner Col. Jeffrey B. Miller today offered his condolences to the family and friends of Tpr. Robert W. Bianchin, 32, who died Wednesday, Aug. 27, in a one-vehicle crash in Butler Township, Butler County.

The crash, which remains under investigation, happened around 9:20 p.m. on Rt. 422 while Tpr. Bianchin was driving an unmarked state vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Tpr. Bianchin died in the performance of his duties," Col. Miller said. "His loss will be felt by the Department and all citizens of the Commonwealth. We extend our deepest sympathies to Tpr. Bianchin's wife, Gina, and their infant daughter."

Tpr. Bianchin, of Harmony, Butler County, was assigned to the Vice Unit at Troop D, Butler, in Butler County. He graduated from the State Police Academy in August 1995 and served at stations in Clarion, Clarion County, and Kittanning, Armstrong County, before joining the Butler station in August 1999.

Tpr. Bianchin is the 91st member of the Department to die in the line of duty since the establishment of the State Police in 1905.

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