Lieutenant Joseph Rafay, Jr.

Lieutenant Joseph Rafay, Jr.

Verona Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, January 19, 1967

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Joseph Rafay, Jr.

Lieutenant Joseph Rafay suffered a fatal heart attack while struggling with a suspect at the scene of a disturbance. He, another officer, and the suspect fell to the ground during the struggle. When Lieutenant Rafay stood back up he collapsed. He was transported to a hospital in Pittsburgh where he was pronounced dead.

Lieutenant Rafay was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII had served with the Verona Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Uncle Joe:

Remembering you on your anniversary. May God bless you and keep you in his peace.

T. D. Easley, Special Agent - Retired
CSX Transportation Railroad Police Deparement

January 19, 2018

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