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Hero Down: Pennsylvania State Trooper Monty Mitchell Dies After Suffering Medical Emergency

Dubois, PA – Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Trooper Monty Mitchell died in the line of duty on Monday night after suffering a medical emergency in the Troop C barracks parking lot.

The incident occurred as the 45-year-old trooper was backing his marked unit into a parking space at approximately 9 p.m., the PSP said in a press release on Tuesday.

Trooper Mitchell had returned to the station after advising he was not feeling well, according to his department.

He was still in his patrol car when the medical emergency struck.

His fellow officers rushed to his aid and performed lifesaving measures while they waited for emergency medical personnel to respond, the PSP said.

Trooper Mitchell was rushed to Penn Highlands Hospital, where he was pronounced dead approximately one hour later.

“Our department today feels the heartache of the sudden loss of a colleague and friend,” PSP Commissioner Colonel Robert Evanchick told The Patriot-News. “We ask Pennsylvanians to keep Trooper Mitchell and his loved ones in their thoughts during this difficult time.”

Trooper Mitchell joined the PSP in November of 2007, according to the agency’s press release.

He served with Troop C in Ridgway and Troop G in Huntingdon before being assigned to the DuBois station.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered commonwealth flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of the veteran trooper, WCED reported.

“The sudden passing of Trooper Mitchell is felt by not only his loved ones, but also his fellow members of the Pennsylvania State Police and the community he served,” Wolf said. “Frances and I offer our heartfelt condolences to Trooper Mitchell’s family and join all Pennsylvanians in mourning his loss.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Monty Mitchell, 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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