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Derek Kotecki

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Community, Police Mourn Loss Of Officer

Community members lined the streets to grieve the loss of Officer Derek Kotecki Monday morning.

10/17/2011

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Fallen Lower Burrell Officer Remembered At Candlelight Vigil

It was a sad and moving moment in Lower Burrell Sunday night as the widow and children of a fallen police officer thanked people gathered for a candlelight vigil held in his memory. Officer Derek Kotecki will be laid to rest Monday morning following a funeral mass, but Sunday there was a less formal gathering to honor the slain officer.

10/17/2011

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Road Closures Announced For Fallen Officer’s Funeral

The funeral for Lower Burrell Police Officer Derek Kotecki will be held Monday morning and there will be road closures in the area.

10/16/2011

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Mourners Gather As Visitation Begins For Officer Kotecki

It is a solemn weekend in Westmoreland County as family, friends, community members and police officers from across the area are remembering an officer killed in the line of duty.

10/15/2011

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Collection To Be Held For Fallen Officer At Saturday’s Pens Game

Law enforcement officials will be collecting money for the family of Officer Derek Kotecki Saturday night at CONSOL Energy Center.

10/15/2011

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Communities Pull Together For Fallen Officer’s Family

Communities in Westmoreland County are coming together to support the family of fallen Lower Burrell Police Officer Derek Kotecki.

10/14/2011

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Coping With The Loss Of An Officer

NewsRadio 1020 KDKA’s Rose Ryan-Douglas and Paul Rasmussen talk with Melanie Karpinski, president of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), on the KDKA Afternoon News. Karpinski discusses the shooting death of Lower Burrell police officer Derek Kotecki, recalling the […]

NewsRadio 1020 KDKA–10/14/2011

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Amen Corner Awards Honor Brave Police Officers

This year’s Amen Corner awards ceremony for police bravery was marked with a sense of solemnity as the tragedy in Lower Burrell brought home once again the dangers of police work.

10/14/2011

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New Details In Lower Burrell Police Shooting

Tonight there are new details on the shootout that left a police officer dead along with the gunman. The KD Investigators have uncovered information on how the fugitive apparently set up an ambush and why he may not have acted alone.

10/14/2011

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Coroner’s Office Releases Autopsy Results In Lower Burrell Shooting

Investigators are releasing new details today following autopsies on the Lower Burrell police officer who was shot and killed Wednesday night and the suspected gunman in the incident.

10/14/2011

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Makeshift Memorial Grows For Fallen Lower Burrell Officer

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.

10/13/2011

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Lower Burrell Suspect Allegedly Talked About ‘Hit List’

When he was shot, Officer Derek Kotecki was trying to apprehend 33-year-old Charles Post. Police had been looking for Post since October 2, when he allegedly opened fire on his boss outside a hotel.

10/13/2011

Bus Driver Louise West puts a black ribbon on a school bus to remember Officer Derek Kotecki.  (Credit: KDKA)

Officer’s Death Leaves Void In Lower Burrell Community

The death of Lower Burrell Police Officer Derek Kotecki has left a void in the community. He was shot and killed while trying to arrest 33-year-old Charlie Post outside the Dairy Queen on Greensburg Road in Lower Burrell on Wednesday.

10/13/2011

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Westmoreland Co. DA: Officers Knew Post Was A Threat

The investigation continues today after a veteran police officer was shot and killed Wednesday evening outside of a restaurant in Lower Burrell. The fallen police officer has been identified as Officer Derek Kotecki, a K-9 officer with the Lower Burrell Police Department in Westmoreland County.

10/13/2011

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Funeral Arrangements, Memorial Fund Announced For Officer Kotecki

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.

10/13/2011

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