Tribute to Fallen Police Officer Derek Kotecki
The Deer Lakes Touchdown Club extends our deepest sympathy to the family, co-workers and friends of Lower Burrell K9 police officer Derek Kotecki, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Wednesday, October 12 while apprehending a wanted man. Officer Kotecki was forty years old and had served with the Lower Burrell Police Department for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and two young sons. It was likely that officer Kotecki would have been present at this weekend's Lancers football game at Burrell, protecting all present as a normal part of his daily actions.
Although words cannot express our sorrow for this tragic event, the Deer Lakes Touchdown Club wanted to show a token of our appreciation for Officer Derek's ultimate sacrifice by donating all proceeds from our last week's 50-50 raffle to the Kotecki family. Below, Deer Lakes players Cody Fleming and Cody Keenan, along with coach Todd Hazlett present Lower Burrell police officer and Kotecki family liaison Scott Miller a check for $1,000 to assist the Kotecki family with their ongoing financial needs.
Also, in honor of Officer Kotecki, the Deer Lakes coaching staff wore their Officer Derek Kotecki tribute jerseys during the warm-ups and the game ...
God Bless Officer Kotecki. May you rest in peace.
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