Police Officer Stephen Edward Sawka

Police Officer Stephen Edward Sawka

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, June 18, 1983

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Stephen Edward Sawka

Officer Sawka suffered a fatal heart attack following a struggle with a suspect at Yorkk Street and Sepviva Street, in which he and his partner suffered minor injuries. After arresting the suspect, Officer Sawka drove his partner to the police administration building to photograph his injuries.

As Officer Sawka waited outside he began to suffer chest pains. He drove himself to a local hospital where he died.

Officer Sawka had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 3790

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack


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Hi Stephen,

I thought about you and our friends today. Then I saw reflections from Mary Alice, your son and grandson and felt I should write. We had many fun times in the scouts and at school. I remember camping trips on Burlington Island and our parents just sitting in your house On Cedar enjoying conversation. Many blessings to your family! John Hillard

John Hillard
Childhood friend

March 21, 2020

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