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Solemn Salute In Newtown For Fallen Trooper


Members of law enforcement from around the region and country attended the funeral mass for Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Donald C. Brackett on Wednesday.

At St. Andrew Catholic Church in Newtown Township, law enforcement from as far away as Mississippi were at the mass for Brackett, 58, of Bensalem. The lawman’s casket and his wife, two daughters, and family were escorted by police motorcycles and cars as they headed to a private burial at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Upper Makefield.

Police honor guards and motorcycle units from around the region led the motorcade from the church and along the Newtown Bypass to the cemetery.

Brackett, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and trooper since October 2001, was pronounced dead following a medical emergency along the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the interchange in Bensalem earlier this month.

Brackett was described in his obituary as someone who liked playing sports, partaking in pranks, and joined the state police after a career in the Marines. He had made plans to travel cross-country with his motorcycle to visit his father in Dallas.

Brackett has previously been assigned to the Trevose station and was most recently serving out of the King of Prussia barracks, which covers patrols of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lower Bucks County.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001