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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Pvt. Ditkosky,
On today, the 66th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served in the USN during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

July 24, 2016

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