Trooper Gary Richard Rosenberger

Trooper Gary Richard Rosenberger

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, December 12, 1970

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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I never met Gary Rosenberger but when the news came to us Lt Earl Wright, Trooper Jim Antolik and I drove to Hershey at the Academy where we all mustered. We went to the church for the services and then to Paxtang Cemetary for the burial. I remember it like it was yesterday. Having only five years on the job at the time, it was a first PSP burial for me. It was
snowing like it was never going to quit. Since then with almost thirty years on the job, unfortunately I have attended every funeral since and it never gets easier. God rest Gary's soul.

Cpl Bob Mertz (Ret)
PSP Troop 'B' Uniontown

December 14, 2017

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