Funeral Arrangements, Memorial Fund Announced For Officer Kotecki

LOWER BURRELL (KDKA) — Funeral arrangements for Lower Burrell Police Officer Derek Kotecki have been released.

The funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, October 17, at Mt. Saint Peter’s Catholic Church at 100 Freeport Road in New Kensington, followed by a burial service at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery in Lower Burrell.

Prior to the funeral there will be viewings for Officer Kotecki at Rusiewicz Funeral Home at 3124 Leechburg Road in Lower Burrell.

The viewings will be held from 2 p.m. to 4p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 15. The viewing hours on Sunday, October 16 are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

At 7 p.m. Sunday, the Allegheny Valley Lodge #39 will conduct a Fraternal Order of Police service.

A memorial fund for Officer Kotecki’s family has been established. Checks should be made payable to:
Derek Kotecki Memorial Fund
C/O Fraternal Order of Police
Allegheny Valley Lodge #39

Donations should be sent to:
S&T Bank
4251 Old William Penn Highway
Murrysville, PA 15668

  • Diane

    What benefits does this officer have? Some police (state) have college tuition programs for surving children, full pay benefits for spouse, etc. Before asking for funds it would help the public to know what benefits already exist.

  • Amanda

    Yes, fallen police officer’s families do receive assistance, but does that really matter? If the public wants to donate their time, money, etc, that is their choice and good for them. God Bless You K-9 Officer Kotecki and your family.

    • Diane

      Yes it really matters. If the family does not need financial assistance then it wouldn’t make sense to provide it. Hence why I asked the question. If they need it, then it would be nice if people provided it. If they don’t, then other donations in the familes name to needy causes makes sense to me.

      • JOE

        diane i think you need the light of the lord, the lord are working threw these many people, i understand alot of people dont have it to give, the lord is our provider and if the light of the lord is shining on these people to do these kind of thing, then let the lord work, i will pray for you,

      • Gene

        Who is to say how much the Kotecki family needs? Maybe one of the kids is a Special Needs kid? Maybe Mrs. Kotecki has medical problems? Maybe they’re going to need help in the future or other help because of this tragedy?

        People respond to immediacy of a tragedy. Two or five years from now things could change for the family that Officer Kotecki left behind.

        Let Mrs. Kotecki decide what she needs and what to do with the donations.

  • CEC

    Wow, Diane. How much more insensitive could you be? I suppose you’re going to say it was all apart of his duties as an officer next, right? I’m praying for you. Clearly, you need prayer in your life as well. Use your brain and have a heart, you Grinch. Obviously a Memorial Fund wouldn’t have been set up if the family didn’t need it. Who cares if they don’t? As mentioned above, they insensibly lost something irreplaceable. Prayers go out to everyone involved, what a tragedy.

  • Walter Kotecki

    Does anyone have or know any history of this family. I read that his fathers name was Richard. It’s not a very common name and it’s the same as mine. I have a lengthy family history but no Richard or Derek. Can someone help me out.

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  • TC

    Well, well, well Wilber….you’d be the first one to “hide” and calling 911 when your being threatened looking for a cop to save your dumb ass. Your right, people die at work everyday and thats the sad truth. But no other profession puts a bullet-proof vest on before work becasue someone may try to murder them today. Thank God there are still brave men and women willing to wear the uniform so when Wilber is hiding under his bed, they will put their lives on the line to save his….

  • debbie perman

    i am a resident of lower burrell and went to pay respects as the horse drawn casket of Officer Kotecki and the K-9 squad cars with the barking dogs drove past, brought tears to my eyes. God Bless officer Koteckis family and glad that Odin will be part of your family. debbie

  • RA

    So whats the big deal. This man dies at the old age of 40 and left behind a nine year old and an thirteen yearold. He died protecting men he was a hero who deserves everything hje is getting. He could have had a job behind a desk in safety, but he chose to put his life on the line to protect people like you who put iot down so easily, but you would never have the courage to do what he did. It is a tragedy that he was taken so young and he deservse the heroic ceremony he got because he was and forever will be a hero.

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