Police Officer Stephen Dmytryk

Police Officer Stephen Dmytryk

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, November 16, 1993

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Stephen Dmytryk

Police Officer Dmytryk was shot and killed while attempting to stop a robbery in progress in the 1900 block of Spring Garden Avenue. Officer Dmytryk and his partner were working a plainclothes Robbery detail when they both witnessed the robbery outside a bank. As the officers approached, the suspect fled on foot. While pursuing the suspect, the suspect opened fire on Officer Dmytryk and his partner, striking Officer Dmytryk in the head, and chest. The suspect was shot and killed in exchange of gunfire with Officer Dmytryk's partner and responding officers.

Officer Dmytryk was a U.S Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam war and was a Purple Heart recipient.He had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his daughter and son.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 4525
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

foot pursuit, plainclothes, robbery attempt

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Dearest Steve, you are a friend from years gone by. We met and sometimes hung out in the late 60's. What simple and more joyful times. We both moved on with our lives. I moved to New England in the early 70's and lost track of friends in Pa.

You were always up for an adventure. I was very fortunate to share some of those adventures with you and friends.

I remember water skiing the dirty Delaware.
I remember climbing Bowmans Tower and you and I think Dave decided to side ride the spiral rail from top to bottom. Very dangerous and frightful to me.
I remember driving around Big Boys with no plans for anything and not a care in the world.

Then I remember you going to Boot Camp.
I remember you going to Vietnam.
I remember Junior telling me you had bad shot in Vietnam.
I remember you showing me your scars and sharing with me the story.

I never knew you had aspirations to become a Police Officer.
You are a hero in many ways. I shed tears of gratitude for you, you have payed the ultimate sacrifice. Part of you will always live on in those who you have touched. Thank you for the memories.

My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Elaine Withers Fortier

January 11, 2020

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