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Hero Down: Erie Police Officer Jason Belton Dies Unexpectedly

Erie, PA – Erie Police Department (EPD) Officer Jason Belton died unexpectedly at his home on Oct. 24.

Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook said the 47-year-old officer passed away due to “natural causes” and said there was “nothing suspicious about his death,” WSEE reported.

The Erie Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) confirmed the veteran officer’s death in a Facebook post the following day.

“It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Erie Police Officer Jason Belton,” the FOP said.

Officer Belton served the EPD for 18 years, and was most recently assigned to downtown bike patrol with the Sierra Unit.

“He was a breath of fresh air to the employees and owners of our downtown business district,” the FOP’s post read. “Officer Belton’s dedication and service to the Erie Community will never be forgotten.”

Prior to his career in law enforcement, Officer Belton enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, according to his obituary.

He achieved the rank of corporal and was squad leader in his infantry division.

Officer Belton also held a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

“Jason was always eager to help others and lend a hand to those in need,” his obituary read. “He loved the Erie Police Department and cherished the fellowship and camaraderie of his fellow officers.”

Officer Belton leaves behind his daughters, Paige and Claire.

He is also survived by his parents, sisters, nieces, cousins, and many friends and extended family members.

“Please keep Officer Belton’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers,” the FOP said. “RIP Brother Belton we will take it from here.”

Officer Belton was laid to rest on Oct. 29.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Erie Police Department Officer Jason Belton, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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