Trooper Gary Richard Rosenberger

Trooper Gary Richard Rosenberger

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, December 12, 1970

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Gary Richard Rosenberger

Trooper Gary Rosenberger was shot nine times and killed while performing an undercover narcotics investigation. His body was found in a stream in Old Lycoming Township. One suspect was arrested and charged with his murder.

The 19 year old suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison May 5, 1972. On January 1, 1978, he was attacked and stabbed 15 times by two inmates at Western Penitentiary. He died from his wounds April 18, 1978.

Trooper Rosenberger had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for almost two years. He is survived by his wife, Molly, and infant daughter, Nicole. He is buried in Paxtang Memorial Cemetery.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

narcotics , undercover

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Senate Panel Approves Bill Honoring Fallen State Trooper

Posted on Jun 21, 2011
HARRISBURG — The Senate Transportation Committee today unanimously approved legislation renaming an area bridge for a fallen state police trooper, according to State Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming).

Senate Bill 1043, sponsored by Yaw, would designate the bridge carrying U.S. Route 15 over Mill Lane (State Route 3014) in Old Lycoming Township, Lycoming County, as the ‘Trooper Gary Rosenberger Memorial Bridge’.

“This bill will establish a permanent memorial to Trooper Rosenberger, who was killed in 1970 while performing an undercover narcotics investigation,” Yaw said. “He made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, and now we can honor his memory through this designation.”

Diane Shaheen
Remembering his service

June 24, 2021

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