BUCKS COUNTY >> Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Donald C. Brackett died while on duty on May 18 in Bucks County, Acting Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick announced over the weekend.
Members from the Troop M, Trevose and Troop T, King of Prussia stations responded to westbound I-276 at mile marker 351.9 around 11:30 a.m. after Trooper Brackett failed to answer radio transmissions. He was found unresponsive outside of his patrol vehicle from an apparent medical episode. Upon discovering him, members immediately began CPR. Advanced medical personnel transported him to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia, but were unable to revive him.
“All personnel of the Pennsylvania State Police are deeply affected by this loss,” said Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick. “Our thoughts are with Trooper Brackett’s family and friends as they mourn his sudden passing.”
Trooper Brackett enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in October 2001. He was assigned to the Patrol Section of Troop T, King of Prussia at the time of his death. He had also been assigned to Troop K, Media and Troop M, Trevose during his career with the department.
A graduate of the 110th cadet class, Trooper Brackett was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was 58 years old.
Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge President Les Neri issued the following statement regarding the loss of Trooper Brackett.
“Trooper Donald C. Brackett served and protected our great state unselfishly for many years, and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. We will never forget his service, his dedication and his sacrifice. We join with the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association in honoring Trooper Brackett’s memory."
On May 19, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds in Pennsylvania to fly at half-staff to honor Trooper Brackett.
“Frances and I send our deepest condolences to Trooper Brackett’s family and fellow troopers,” Governor Wolf said. “Trooper Brackett chose a life of service and we will always be indebted to him and his family for their sacrifice.”
The commonwealth flag shall be lowered until sunset on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, and on the day of the funeral, which has not been announced. The U.S. flag shall remain at full-staff.
All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.