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Trooper Gary Richard Rosenberger | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Trooper

Gary Richard Rosenberger

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Saturday, December 12, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 year, 7 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Trooper Gary Rosenberger was shot nine times and killed while performing an undercover narcotics investigation. His body was found in a stream in Old Lycoming Township. One suspect was arrested and charged with his murder.

The 19 year old suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison May 5, 1972. On January 1, 1978, he was attacked and stabbed 15 times by two inmates at Western Penitentiary. He died from his wounds April 18, 1978.

Trooper Rosenberger had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for almost two years. He is survived by his wife, Molly, and infant daughter, Nicole. He is buried in Paxtang Memorial Cemetery.

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Today, on a beautiful day under a cloudless blue sky on the hill behind the Academy in Hershey we met a truly wonderful young woman. While attending the dedication of the new addition to the Pennsylvania State Police Museum, my wife and I were privileged to meet Trooper Gary Rosenberger's daughter, Nicole, and one of his grandchildren, little Matthew. Although we were only able to visit with Nicole and Matthew for a short time, it was evident to us both that the daughter of one of our department's most honored heroes, is herself every bit a hero. Nicole, who was only a little younger than young Matthew is now when her father died so tragically in the line of duty, is a woman of character and great faith. A mother to her own children, both biological and those adopted like cute Matthew, she is obviously a kind and caring parent. I am sure as Trooper Rosenberger looks down from heaven on his daughter he must be very proud of the woman and loving mother she has become. Rest well Trooper, your little girl is just like you, a true hero!

Captain Kirk R. Trate (Retired)
Pennsylvania State Police
April 15, 2016

 

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