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Assistant Chief of Police Thomas Krokoski | Luzerne Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania Luzerne Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Assistant Chief of Police

Thomas Krokoski

Luzerne Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 25, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/24/1929

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1930

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Assistant Chief of Police Thomas Krokoski was shot and mortally wounded in the early morning hours of September 24, 1929, as he and another officer were attempting to arrest a man who had just burglarized three houses in the borough. As the actor was escaping, he shot Chief Krokoski in the head, mortally wounding the officer. The other officer emptied his revolver at the fleeing criminal, but because of the dense fog, he did not know if any of his shots hit the man.

An intensive investigation involving state police, county detectives and local officers was begun. On October 4, 1929, a man from nearby Wilkes Barre was arrested for the shooting of Assistant Chief Krokoski. Investigation showed he had been shot in the shoulder by the other officer while fleeing from the scene and had sought treatment from a local physician.

The investigation also revealed this actor was involved in numerous other crimes as well as murder. He was tried and convicted on November 21, 1929, then sentenced to death. He was subsequently executed on June 12, 1930.

Assistant Chief Krokoski had served on the Luzerne Borough Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and child.

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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 84th anniversary year 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
August 7, 2013

 

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