Pennsylvania State Trooper ​Donald C. Brackett passed away while on duty this past Saturday.

According to a release from the state police, members from the Troop M, Trevose and Troop T, King of Prussia stations responded to westbound I-276 at mile marker 351.9 in Bucks County around 11:30 a.m. after Trooper Brackett failed to answer radio transmissions. He was found unresponsive outside of his patrol vehicle from an apparent medical episode. Upon discovering him, members immediately began CPR. Advanced medical personnel transported him to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia, but were unable to revive him.

“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.”

Trooper Brackett enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in October 2001. He was assigned to the Patrol Section of Troop T, King of Prussia at the time of his death. He had also been assigned to Troop K, Media and Troop M, Trevose during his career with the department.

A graduate of the 110th cadet class, Trooper Brackett was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was 58 years old.


Pennsylvania State Trooper ​Donald C. Brackett

Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge President Les Neri issued the following statement regarding the loss of Trooper Brackett.

“Trooper Donald C. Brackett served and protected our great state selfishly for many years, and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. We will never forget his service, his dedication and his sacrifice. We join with the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association in honoring Trooper Brackett’s memory.”

On May 19, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds in Pennsylvania to fly at half-staff to honor Trooper Brackett.