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Lieutenant Joseph Rafay, Jr. | Verona Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania Verona Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania


Joseph Rafay, Jr.

Verona Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, January 19, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 20 years

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Military veteran

Cause: Heart attack

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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.

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Uncle Joe:

Thank you for all the great things you did for the citizens of Verona. May God bless you and keep you on the 50th anniversary of your loss.

T. D. Easley

Special Agent - Retired
CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department
January 19, 2017


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