Wednesday, July 6, 2011

SLETP - Fallen Hero

Law Enforcement, it is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous and yet rewarding careers that anyone can have. It requires a certain type of person to be able to deal with the stresses, hazards, and emotions that the field of law enforcement attracts. With the constant threat of death or serious harm one might ask, why do certain individuals pursue such a career? Certainly it’s not for money or even fame or recognition. To protect and to serve, this is why law enforcement officers do what they do; they serve their communities by protecting its citizens from the unknown threats that are presented everyday. Unfortunately, community safety does not come free of cost, in some cases it is without great sacrifice.

The community of law enforcement, again, suffered a tragic loss. On June 29, 2011 Berks County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Pagerly lost his life while serving a warrant. Pagerly, along with members of the Pennsylvania State Police and the United States Marshals Service attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a 25 year-old Matthew Connor who was wanted on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, persons not to possess/use, manufacture , control, sell or transfer firearms; terroristic threats; assault; and recklessly endangering another person. During the encounter Connor fled to his backyard where he was confronted by Pagerly. Connor, heavily armed at the time, presented an AK-47 and disregarded orders to drop the weapon. Gunfire erupted killing Connor at the scene and fatally wounded Deputy Pagerly later that evening. Sheriff’s Deputy Pagerly lost his life at the age of 28 and left behind his pregnant wife and a loving community.

In honor of Kyle Pagerly, the Temple University Police Academy along with the Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program posted the colors at half staff.

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