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Trooper Stephen R. Gyurke | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Trooper

Stephen R. Gyurke

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, August 24, 1958

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 3 years, 10 months

Badge # 606

Military veteran

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Incident Date: 8/21/1958

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Trooper Gyurke was succumbed to injuries sustained when he was struck by a tractor trailer several days earlier. Trooper Gyurke had stopped another tractor trailer for a traffic violation on a stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Westmoreland County. He was talking to the driver when he was struck.

Both of Trooper Gyurke's legs had to be amputated above the knees before he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the semi that struck him received a suspended sentence after pleading no defense in the case.

Trooper Gyurke had served with the agency for just under four years and was assigned to Troop B-2. He was also a US Army veteran. He was survived by his wife, mother and several siblings, one of whom was also a state trooper.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. I am privileged to pay tribute to you. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 55th 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know that both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 12, 2013

 

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