PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Gov. Tom Corbett ordered today that all state flags will fly at half-staff to pay tribute to Patrolman Derek Kotecki of the Lower Burrell Police Department.
According to a statement from the Governor’s Office, all Pennsylvania flags at the State Capitol and at Commonwealth facilities in Westmoreland County will be lowered to half-staff in honor of the fallen officer.
All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to participate in the half-staff flag order, which will remain in effect until Kotecki’s burial, the press release stated.
Last night, 40-year-old Kotecki was killed in the line of duty while trying to apprehend a fugitive. An 18-year-veteran of the Lower Burrell Police Department, Kotecki leaves behind a wife and two children.