Memorial


All information below was obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Private Stanley Christ (Pennsylvania State Police)

Private Stanley Christ was injured when his horse kicked him in the chest while he was grooming it. He was removed to the hospital but died on almost a month later from serious internal injuries to his intestines and bladder.

Private Christ was a U.S Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for one only month. He was survived by his mother.

End of Watch: December 12, 1919

Chief Harry Hartman (Columbia Borough Police)

Chief Hartman was shot and killed while attempting to serve a mental commitment paper to a man at a house on Union Street at approximately 0900 hours. As Chief Hartman and the man’s father approached the home the man opened fire with a .25 caliber revolver, striking the father. Chief Hartman attempted to knock down the door but was struck twice in the abdomen. The suspect was taken into custody by two citizens next to the police station. Chief Hartman was taken to Columbia Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds that afternoon.
Chief Hartman had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his six children and three sisters.
End of Watch: April 4th, 1923

Lieutenant Elwood R. Gainor (Lancaster City Bureau of Police)

Lieutenant Gainor was beaten and shot to death after being abducted, while in uniform, from Lancaster. His body was found on Hook Road in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, the following day. His skull had been crushed and he had been shot in the head four times. It is believed that he was abducted and murdered by bootleggers who were operating in Lancaster.
End of Watch: March 28, 1927

Constable Abner A. Hull (Lancaster County Constable)

Constable Abner Hull was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a man for surety of the peace. The suspect had been drinking and was threatening suicide.

When Constable Hull arrived at the scene, he encountered the man holding a hunting rifle. After exchanging words the man opened fire. During the ensuing shootout ,Constable Hull was struck in the armpit and killed instantly.

Members of the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Highway Patrol, and Lancaster Police Department responded to the scene. The suspect was shot and wounded during a second shootout. After recovering from his injuries, he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 6 to 12 years in prison.

Constable Hull was survived by his mother, sister, and four brothers.

End of Watch: July 16th, 1936

Chief Burnell Imhoff (New Holland Borough Police)

Chief Burnell Imhoff succumbed to injuries sustained five days earlier in a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Main Street and Custer Avenue. He had taken evasive action to avoid striking a vehicle that had also entered the intersection. His motorcycle left the roadway and struck a restaurant, causing fatal injuries.

He was first taken home, and then transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.

Chief Imhoff was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the New Holland Police Department for 2 1/2 years. He was the agency’s first police chief and was survived by his wife and three daughters.

End of Watch: June 8, 1939

Chief Marvin Foltz (East Donegal Township Police)

Chief Marvin Foltz was shot and killed during a bank robbery in Maytown, Pennsylvania.

He had gone into the bank and ordered the robbers to put their hands up when he met a fusillade of gunfire. Though wounded, he staggered to the bank steps and emptied his gun at the fleeing robbers.

Three men were arrested and charged with his murder.

The suspect who shot Chief Foltz was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life in prison on June 23, 1967. One of the other two suspects was also convicted of murder and sentenced to life on October 2, 1967.

Chief Foltz was the only full-time employee of the three man department. He is survived by his wife and daughter who had rushed to the scene from their house nearby.

End of Watch: April 7, 1967

Officer Michael R. Sagner (East Earl Township Police)

Officer Sagner was killed in an automobile accident while responding to back up officers from a neighboring agency during a fight call at a local bar. His patrol struck a pool of water and hydroplaned. The vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and was broadsided by another car.

Officer Sagner was survived by his parents.

End of Watch: October 7, 1972

Trooper Robert D. Lapp, Jr. (Pennsylvania State Police)

Trooper Robert Lapp was shot and killed while serving a fugitive from justice warrant on a suspect. As Trooper Lapp and other officers entered the suspect’s apartment, a single shot was fired killing Trooper Lapp. Other officers returned fire, killing the suspect.

Trooper Lapp was a U.S Navy veteran had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for eight years and was survived by this wife and three children.

End of Watch: October 16, 1972

Sergeant Delbert R. Flowers (Manheim Borough Police)

Sergeant Delbert Flowers was killed in an automobile accident.

Sergeant Flowers was a U.S Army veteran of the Vietnam war and survived by his wife and a son.

End of Watch: November 9, 1984

Corporal Paul Almer (Pennsylvania State Police)

Corporal Paul Almer and Trooper Wayne Bilheimer were killed in a helicopter crash while searching for a body in the Susquehanna River in southern York County, Pennsylvania.

Corporal Almer was piloting the aircraft when it struck high-voltage power lines at an altitude of approximately 90 feet. The helicopter crashed into approximately ten feet of water, with both officers trapped inside. Trooper Bilheimer succumbed to multiple trauma injuries and Corporal Almer drowned. Both officers were found still strapped into their harnesses.

Corporal Almer had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 14 years. He had previously served as a combat helicopter pilot with the United States Army during Vietnam War for 18 months. He was survived by his mother and fiancee.

End of Watch: April 12, 1989

Trooper Wayne D. Bilheimer (Pennsylvania State Police)

Trooper Wayne Bilheimer and Corporal Paul Almer were killed in a helicopter crash at approximately 0730 hours while searching for a body in the Susquehanna River in southern York County, Pennsylvania.

Corporal Almer was piloting the aircraft when it struck high-voltage power lines at an altitude of approximately 90 feet. The helicopter crashed into approximately ten feet of water, with both officers trapped inside. Trooper Bilheimer succumbed to multiple trauma injuries and Corporal Almer drowned. Both officers were found still strapped into their harnesses.

Trooper Bilheimer had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 21 years. He was survived by his wife of 24 years.

End of Watch: April 12, 1989

Constable Thomas W. Wohlfeil (Lancaster County Constable)

Constable Thomas Wohlfeil was shot and killed while escorting a woman to pickup belongings from her estranged husband’s home in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County. As the two entered the residence they were met by the husband, who opened fire and killed both of them.

The suspect was convicted of Constable Wohlfeil’s murder and sentenced to two life sentences.

Constable Wohlfeil was survived by his two children.

End of Watch: November 24, 1989

Chief Douglas A. Shertzer Sr. (Lititz Borough Police)

Chief of Police Douglas Shertzer was killed in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Route 741 and Harrisburg Pike in East Hempfield.

He was driving the department’s new motorcycle back to Lititz when an oncoming car made a left turn in front of him, causing a collision. He was transported to Lancaster General Hospital where he died a short time later while undergoing surgery.

He had completed a police motorcycle training course earlier in the month and was driving the department’s new motorcycle.

Chief Shertzer had served as chief of the 14-person Lititz Borough Police Department for 10 years and had served with the agency for a total of 23 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, and four grandchildren.

End of Watch: May 11, 2004