The Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge honored and recognized Pennsylvania’s brave officers who died in the line of duty during its 27th annual memorial service, held on Monday, May 9, at noon, at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 N. St. in Harrisburg. Scheduled to speak were FOP President Les Neri and Pennsylvania dignitaries.
Among those honored were Park Ranger Thomas E. Booz, from the Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation; and Trooper Donald C. Brackett, of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Booz, a native of Bristol, passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the age of 64, at St. Mary Medical Center. He served the Bucks County Rangers since 1988, was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 53 and served as former vice president and a member of the Bucks County Rangers Benevolent Association. According to Middletown Township police, Booz was a “mainstay” in Lower Bucks County parks.
Brackett, 58, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2019, while on patrol on I-276 in Bucks County. Authorities said he suffered an undisclosed “medical episode.” He was a fierce Marine, athlete, proud father of two daughters and avid prankster. After his honorable discharge from the Corps, he served as a trooper for 17 years, serving Trevose and other areas.
“Pennsylvania’s law enforcement officers are steadfast public servants who put their lives on the line day after day to protect their neighbors, community members and fellow Pennsylvanians,” said Wolf. “Today, we stand in memorial for our fallen officers. We recognize their heroism, bravery and selflessness that we all rely on.”