The PA State Police announced the death of one of their own Saturday morning.
Troopers from the Trevose and King of Prussia stations responded to Trooper Donald C. Brackett’s vehicle around 11:30 a.m. after he did not answer radio calls. When they arrived to his car along the PA Turnpike in Bensalem, they found Brackett unresponsive.
Despite the troopers’ best efforts to perform CPR and deliver him to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, Brackett died at the age of 58. Initial reports indicate he suffered a medical episode.
Acting Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick released a statement shortly after Brackett’s passing.
“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.”
The Governor’s Office has also announced the commonwealth flag will fly at half-staff on Wednesday, May 22.
“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.”
Brackett served in the United States Marine Corps and enlisted as a state trooper in 2001. He was serving under the King of Prussia station at his time of death.