Friends and family of Officer Derek Kotecki are mourning today following the shooting outside the Dairy Queen in Lower Burrell that claimed his life. The flag outside the Lower Burrell Police Station has been lowered to half-staff in honor of Officer Kotecki.
KDKA AM’s Larry and John talk to the Lower Burrel Mayor and a councilman about the loss of Officer Kotecki.
The flags outside of the Lower Burrell Police Station in Westmoreland County are flying at half-staff today as people across the area mourn the loss of a veteran officer. Officer Derek Kotecki, 40, was an 18-year veteran of the police force and Lower Burrell’s K-9 officer.
A police officer was killed in a shooting in Lower Burrell. This happened at about 7 p.m. outside the Dairy Queen in the 300-block of Greensburg Road.
Details are emerging about the Lower Burrell Police officer killed in the line of duty. KDKA-TV has learned Derek Kotecki was a K-9 officer and an 18-year veteran on the Lower Burrell police force. He was married and had two sons.
When the Florida jury handed down its verdict in the Casey Anthony trial, lead prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick’s mother was watching closely from her home in Lower Burrell.
A local father is breathing a bit easier after his 13-year-old son survived a small plane crash in West Deer. Another 13-year-old boy, a science teacher and the pilot were also hurt.
A massive fire in Westmoreland County destroyed a home Tuesday morning.
Lower Burrell Police Officer Ted Meixelsberger was headed to a 911 call at a bar when his SUV was hit head-on.
A Westmoreland County house full of memories and antiques was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning.
Police are investigating a Motorcycle accident that happened early this morning on route 780 in Westmoreland County.