Sergeant David L. Distrola

Sergeant David L. Distrola

Bradford City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, December 23, 1989

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David L. Distrola

Sergeant Distrola was killed when he fell from an overpass as he attempted to avoid being struck by another car. He was investigating an accident on the Route 219 bypass when another vehicle lost control on ice and started to slide towards him. He fell over the edge overpass as he attempted to get out of the way.

Sergeant Distrola had served with the agency for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

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I will never forget this fateful day. We were one of 3 accidents on that bridge that day. He approached our vehicle, asked if we were ok, and then asked us to get our information ready. He was heading back towards his cruiser when the other car came out of control. My husband thought Sgt. Distrola was hit by that car, but then noticed the imprint in the snow on the bridge of the Sgts jacket, my husband looked over the rail and noticed he had fallen. My heart sank that day. Thank you Sgt. Distrola for your service, may you rest in peace.

Janet Erickson

December 23, 2018

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