York City Police Department K-9 Unit.
This is a late 1960s photo of the York City, Pennsylvania Police Department K-9 unit taken at the York Fair grounds. The officers, accompanied by their dogs, are in their training uniforms. The officers are, from left to right: Ron Heist, Earl Frey, Fred Gibson, Steve Gibbs, Charlie Morrow, Bill Farrell, and Nevin Barley.
West York Police Department.
This 1950's era photograph shows three members of the West York Borough, Pennsylvania Police Department and their patrol vehicles, two motorcycles and a Ford patrol car. The officers and their vehicles are on the driveway of the Reliance fire house, then located in the 1400 block of West Market Street in West York Borough.
Officer Ed Myers, Red Lion Police Department.
Pictured in 1924 is Red Lion Police Officer Ed Myers astride his sidecar equipped police Harley Davidson motorcycle. The sidecar was a common accessory for police motorcycles of that era. The officer is carrying a semi-automatic pistol, carried in an open top cross draw style holster. The semi-auto pistol was unusual, as most officers of this era were carrying revolvers.

Fallen Police Officers

In memory of those who have made the supreme sacrifice.

The following officers died in the line of duty while protecting the peace in York County:

Officer Curtis D. Sowers

Officer Sowers

North York Police Department
End of Watch: May 21, 1929

Curtis D. Sowers was born July 18, 1895.

Sowers was a World War I veteran, serving with the artillery of the Sixth Division of the U.S. Army. He was married, had no children, and lived on Dewey Avenue in North York.

Sowers was a motorcycle officer in North York Borough, appointed on June 24, 1927, earning a salary of $30 a week. Sowers moonlighted as a sheriff's deputy, assisting constables in the performance of their duties.

On December 26, 1928, two of Albert Toomey's calves went missing from his Newberry Township farm. Toomey went to the justice of the peace in Emigsville and swore out a complaint against the three men he suspected of stealing his calves.


Private Dean N. Zeigler

Private Ziegler

Pennsylvania Motor Police
End of Watch: October 17, 1942

Dean N. Zeigler was born March 25, 1918, at Spring Mills, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

He enlisted in the Pennsylvania Motor Police from Spring Mills on October 1, 1941. After his graduation from the Indiantown Gap Police School, he was assigned to the Lykens sub-station. Zeigler was transferred to Troop A-2, Harrisburg on September 1, 1942. He was 23 years old and 5'11" tall.

On Sunday, October 11, 1942, Private Zeigler was assigned to patrol the Harrisburg-Gettysburg Road from Lemoyne to Dillsburg.


Patrolman Henry C. Schaad

Patrolman Schaad

York City Police Department
End of Watch: August 1, 1969

Henry C. Schaad, Patrolman, was born Nov 11, 1947 in York, Pennsylvania.

It was natural for Henry to enter the police profession, as it had been his father's occupation for nearly 20 years. After successfully completing the entrance exams, Henry was appointed to the York City Police Department on September 17, 1968, his father's twentieth anniversary on the job.

Like many communities during the summer of 1969, York was experiencing civil disorders and turmoil.


Canine Fury

Canine Fury

York City Police Department
End of Watch: April 12, 1971

Fury was a three-year-old German Shepherd male and was the partner of Patrolman Frank A. Tortorici.

On Monday, April 12, 1971, Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Gotwalt, 26, murdered Marian L. Flaharty, 24, of 702 Madison Avenue, in front of her three-year-old daughter in her second-floor apartment. Her body was discovered around 10:00-10:30 a.m. after she failed to drop off her daughter at the babysitter. Gotwalt was identified as the suspect, and an intensive manhust was begun by multiple police agencies.

At about 9:15 p.m. that evening, York City Patrolmen Frank A. Tortorici and Gordon E. Fleming were entering Legore's Restaurant on Carlisle Avenue at Brougher Lane in West Manchester Township.


Deputy Sheriff Edward "Skip" Schroeder Jr.

Deputy Schroeder

York County Sheriff's Department
End of Watch: January 10, 2005

Edward Eugene "Skip" Schroeder Jr. was born November 22, 1957 in York. He is a 1975 graduate of Central York High School. Schroeder was married but had no children, and lived in Springettsbury Township.

Schroeder was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, guarding military prisoners at Quantico from 1977 to 1981. He was previously employed as a driver and dock worked for the Consolidated Freight Company.

Deputy Schroeder was attending the Deputy Sheriffs Training Academy in State College, Pennsylvania.


Officer David D. Tome

Officer Tome

Northern York Count RegionalPolice Department
End of Watch: October 21, 2008

David D. Tome was born April 10, 1977 in York, Pennsylvania.

Officer Tome graduated Spring Grove Area High School in 1996, and graduated from Penn State University in 2000. Tome attended the 83rd Police Academy at Harrisburg Area Community College in 2003. After graduating the Police Academy, Officer Tome began his career with the Northern York County Regional Police Department. Officer Tome was married with two children.

On Tuesday, October 21, 2008, Officer Tome was part of an accident reconstruction team that was working on US Route 15 near Clear Springs Road in Franklin Township, York County.


Officer Alex I. Sable

Officer Sable

York City Police Department
End of Watch: May 9, 2018

Alex I. Sable was born December 4, 1980 in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Officer Sable graduated from Hempfield High School in 1999 and joined the United States Marine Corps in 1998. He was a veteran of the Iraq War, completed two tours in Iraq, and served in the USMC as a Sergeant. He honorably served his country for 9 years. Sable served with the York City Police Department for four years. Sable was married and had three children.

On Sunday, May 6, 2018, Officer Sable was participating in a SWAT school at Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk Campus in Dundalk, Maryland, hosted by the Baltimore County Police Department.


We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc. for providing information on many of the above officers.


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