Friday, July 14, 2017

Pennsylvania State Trooper Dies in Crash While On Duty

On Friday morning, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner, Colonel Tyree C. Blocker announced death of a Pennsylvania State Trooper in Westmoreland County.

Commissioner Blocker said that Trooper Michael P. Stewart died from injuries he received in a two-vehicle crash at approximately 2:30 a.m. in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County.

Stewart was one of two troopers in a marked patrol vehicle traveling on State Route 711 near State Route 271 when the crash occurred. The second trooper was transported to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. The crash remains under investigation.

“My thoughts, and the thoughts of the entire department, are with the family of Trooper Stewart during this difficult time,” said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker. “Trooper Stewart served the commonwealth honorably, and we join all Pennsylvanians to mourn his passing.”
Trooper Stewart enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in January 2014. A graduate of the 138th cadet class, he had been assigned to the Patrol Unit in Troop A, Greensburg since August 29, 2015. He had previously been assigned to Troop H, Chambersburg.

Trooper Stewart is the 98th member of the Pennsylvania State Police to be killed in the line of duty. He was 26 years old.

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