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Trooper Joseph John Welsch | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania


Joseph John Welsch

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 13, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 4 years, 7 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Joseph Welsch was shot and killed and a Pennsylvania State Constable was wounded when they attempted to serve a warrant on a man in Tioga County. As they approached the suspect at his home to arrest him, the suspect drew a gun and shot both officers.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on March 15, 1978.

Trooper Welsch had served in the Pennsylvania National Guard and had been with the Pennsylvania State Police for almost five years. He was survived by his wife.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. 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
May 11, 2013


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