Private John A. Ditkosky

Private John A. Ditkosky

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, July 24, 1950

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John A. Ditkosky

Private John Ditkosky was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while conducting a traffic stop on U.S. Route 22, near Harrisburg. The driver of the tractor-trailer veered off the roadway struck his patrol car, causing it to strike the stopped vehicle and Private Ditkosky. A rookie Private who was with Private Ditkosky and the driver of the stopped vehicle suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the tractor-trailer had drove from Bedford, Pennsylvania, to Brooklyn, New York., and was on a re-turn trip back to Bedford when he fell alseep and struck Private Ditkosky. In September 1950, the driver pleaded guilty to involuntary mansluaghter and was sentenced to 23 months in prison.

Private Ditkosky had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for little more than three years and had served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years, 2 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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Thank you for your service, both military and police, and today we take the time to remind you and your family that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 24, 2020

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