Officer Derek Kotecki was 40 years old and an 18 year veteran of the Lower Burrell Police Department. He was the K9 Officer for the department. Derek was shot and killed in the line of duty on October 12, 2011. Officer Kotecki was ambushed by a subject who was wanted in connection with a shooting incident that occurred in early October in New Kensington.
Derek leaves behind his wife Julie, two sons; Nicholas and Alexander and his K9 partner Odin.
Derek's funeral was held on October 17, 2011. Hundreds of police officers from all over Pennsylvania, as well as several other states turned out to pay respect to a fallen hero and to show support to his wife and children. A large procession of police vehicles followed Derek to his final resting place.....R.I.P. Officer Derek Kotecki