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Patrolman James Fenton Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania

Patrolman

James Fenton "Jay" Proof

Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 29, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Incident Date: 8/28/1928

Weapon: Not available

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Jay Proof was killed while attempting to apprehend a speeding motorist on Route 826, Jackson Township, Tioga County. Patrolman Proof lost control of his motorcycle and struck a bridge abutment. He died the next day from his injuries.

Patrolman Proof was a U.S Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol for a year and a half. He was survived by his parents.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 85th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
April 19, 2013

 

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