Funeral Memorializes Fallen State Trooper

A silver hearse carries the body of fallen State Trooper Donald C. Brackett. Photo by Wes Champlin.

It was a somber day for the Pennsylvania State Police and the Lower Bucks community.

Roughly a dozen officials ride around St. Andrew’s while hundreds of troopers stand outside St. Andrew’s Church.

A funeral was held in honor of Pennsylvania State Trooper Donald C. Brackett at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Newtown Wednesday morning. Brackett passed away on May 18, 2019 from medical complications while in the line of duty. He was 58 years old.

Brackett was found unresponsive in his patrol car along the PA Turnpike in Bensalem after he did not respond to multiple radio calls. Troopers from the Trevose and King of Prussia stations desperately tried resuscitating him, but their efforts were not successful. Brackett was rushed to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia where he was pronounced dead.

Fellow Pennsylvania State Trooper Nathan Branoski emphasized, “The Pennsylvania State police are a family. We are always here to support each other.”

Many state police attended the service to show their support and pay their final respects.

A lone state trooper stands at attention across the street from St. Andrew’s.

Trooper Brackett also served in the U.S. Marine Corps before enlisting as a state trooper in 2001.

Brackett is survived by his wife and two daughters.

WBCB’s Courtney Fegley, Wes Champlin, and Dan Wilson contributed to this post.