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Trooper Francis Michael Tessitore | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Trooper

Francis Michael Tessitore

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, August 5, 1960

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 6 years, 10 months

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Military veteran

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Trooper Francis Tessitore was struck and killed by a tractor trailer while arresting a man he had stopped for speeding in Chester County. Trooper Tessitore was standing behind the vehicle preparing his report when a 17 year old truck driver, who had been behind the wheel for 23 straight hours, fell asleep, ran off the road, and struck the trooper and the driver he was arresting. Both were killed instantly.

Trooper Tessitore was a U.S Navy Veteran of the Korean War and served with the Pennsylvania State Police for almost seven years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, and two brothers.

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I was born the day you passed. Born to a trooper and nurse. As our souls passed I'm sure they touched each other, yours on the way up mine on the way down. Your souls journey ended, mine just beginning. My family life has always been surrounded by the PA State Troopers and for this I have been honored.
Thank you for your service.

Nancy Malloy
Troopers daughter & sister
March 26, 2013

 

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