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

Lieutenant

Joseph Rafay, Jr.

Verona Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, January 19, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

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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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 45th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered..

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 19, 2012

 

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