Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 20 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Heart attack
Lieutenant Joseph Rafay suffered a fatal heart attack while struggling with a suspect at the scene of a disturbance. He, another officer, and the suspect fell to the ground during the struggle. When Lieutenant Rafay stood back up he collapsed. He was transported to a hospital in Pittsburgh where he was pronounced dead.
Lieutenant Rafay was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII had served with the Verona Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and child.