Deputy Sheriff Edward M. Butko, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Edward M. Butko, Jr.

Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, September 29, 1983

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Edward M. Butko, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Edward Butko was killed in an automobile accident when his patrol car collided with a public transit bus on the Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway.

Deputy Butko and his partner were transporting a prisoner to a court hearing when the accident occurred.

Deputy Butko served with the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office for eight years and was a veteran of the U.S Army Reserves.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash


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Officer Ed Butko Jr.,
I met you in 1982 my friend and I were volunteers for the Easter Seal Telethon. We were on a break, actually we were exhausted and we were sitting down in the lobby, you walked in with your uniform on and we started a conversation. We talked at least an hour. We become friends. We went together to see the movie "The China Syndrome ". I was so impressed with you, your integrity, your commitment and your bravery !
On the morning of the day that you went home to be with Jesus, I had a terrible feeling in my stomach, it was a feeling that I had only experienced once before and that was when my mother went home to Jesus. That evening watching the news I learned of your journey home. I was in shock and devastated. I think of you often, I pray for your family both at home and on the force. It's heart breaking that you left us all so early. Thank you Ed for the precious gift of your time that we were all blessed to receive.

Susan Arndt

May 2, 2016

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