Recent line-of-duty deaths of Philly officers

August 18, 2012 3:53:48 PM PDT
Officer Walker's death marks the fourth time this year, and this summer, that the Philadelphia Police Department has lost a respected, veteran officer, and all of them were off-duty.

"We just lost officer Lorenzo," said Commissioner Ramsey. "Just a week and a half ago, we took the mourning ribbons off our badges and now we're putting them back on."

On July 8th, Highway Patrol Officer Brian Lorenzo was killed by a wrong way driver as he returned home from work on I-95.

Police say John Leck, Jr. was drunk when he hit the 23-year veteran's motorcycle.

A little more than a week later, Officer Marc Brady was struck and killed while riding his bicycle in East Mount Airy.

Kareem Alleyne is accused of intentionally running down the off-duty officer.

Then back on June 8th, Officer Milan Merke was critically injured after his motorcycle was hit during a ride for peace.

The 35th District officer died from his injuries one week later.

No charges were filed against the driver.

A look at recent deaths of Philadelphia police officers in the line of duty:
May 2006: Officer Gary Skerski, 46, became the first officer slain in the line of duty in Philadelphia in a decade when he was shot responding to a robbery at a bar.

October 2007: Officer Chuck Cassidy, 54, was shot to death when he interrupted a robbery at a Dunkin' Donuts.

May 2008: Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, 39, was shot and killed following a bank robbery. Two men were convicted of first-degree murder, while the man believed to have gunned down the 12-year veteran was killed in a shootout with officers.

September 2008: Officer Patrick McDonald, 30, was shot and killed by a fugitive he had chased down after a traffic stop.

September 2008: Officer Isabel Nazario, 40, was killed when a teenager crashed a stolen SUV into her cruiser.

November 2008: Sgt. Timothy Simpson, 46, was killed when a man fleeing police in a stolen car hit his vehicle.

February 2009: Officer John Pawlowski, 25, was killed while responding to the attempted robbery of a cab driver despite wearing a bulletproof vest.


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