SHAMOKIN –Dozens of members of law enforcement lined up at a memorial in honor of a fallen brother, Shamokin Police Cpl. David Witmer, at a ceremony Wednesday night.
Witmer was killed in the line of duty 30 years ago. He was the only police officer to die on the job in the city`s history.
In his honor, a retired Shamokin police corporal, Robert Wolfe, read a poem.
Witmers`s daughter and her family put a wreath at the memorial.
They were too emotional to speak.
“He left behind a good family, his grandkids are good athletes, that was all taken away from him, the family,” said Shamokin Police Chief Edward Griffiths.
Investigators said in 1983, Preston Pfeifly shot and killed Cpl. Witmer.
Prosecutors said Pfeifly was drunk, had just set a garage on fire and was trying to escape when Witmer showed up to help other police officers.