Makeshift Memorial Grows For Fallen Lower Burrell Officer

LOWER BURRELL (KDKA) — The night after a Lower Burrell police officer was shot and killed, a memorial of flowers and candles is continuing to grow outside the police station where he worked for nearly 18 years.

Family members and law enforcement aren’t the only ones grieving the death of Derek Kotecki. The community at large has been impacted.

One message on a sign outside a business read: “Stay strong officers. You are the best.”

“It’s crazy, I mean, I have no other way to put it, but it’s crazy,” John Ross said.

“We don’t know how to react to it,” he continued. “It’s the first time it’s happened in this community and you never know if it’s going to happen again.”

Alicia Heymers was working across the street during the shooting. She heard the gunfire. She thought police were shooting at a bear.

Then she saw 33-year-old Charlie Post, the accused gunman, trying to jump a fence and heard officers open fire.

“If he had a death wish, that was on him,” Heymers said. “He had no reason to kill that officer.”

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One Comment

  1. val tocco says:

    we all feel the heartache losing anyone from our small community. Our sympathy goes out to the family of Officer Kotecki and his band of brothers in our town, you will always be remembered for protecting our families. God bless and our police.

  2. Brad says:

    God bless all of our local police officers.
    One way to show your support, is by praticipatiing in the Fallen Hero Fundraiser this Sunday at Universal park in Penn HIlls. It is the 3rd annual Crawsahw Mud Craw ATV ride through Penn Hills trails. Proceeds go to the Fallen Hero Fund. This is a great cause and if you have any sort of ATV or dirt bike, and your looking to ride, please show your support during these times, and join us!!
    Ride starts at 10am, sign in starts at 9. Please show your support.

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