The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation is donating $10,000 to each of the families of two fallen police officers in the Western Pennsylvania area.
Ligonier Township police Lt. Eric Eslary was killed in a head-on collision on May 5 when a van travelling on the wrong side of the road hit Eslary’s SUV on Route 22 near Idlewild Park. Eslary’s K-9 partner, Blek, was also injured in the crash.
Eslary leaves behind his wife, Mary Beth, and six children.
Detective Paul “PJ” Koropal , an investigator from the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office, died in the line of duty after falling ill while serving search warrants on May 5. He was an 18-year veteran of the DA’s office and spent the past 16 years as a member of the Pennsylvania State Police Auto Theft Task Force.
Koropal leaves behind his wife, Kelly, and two children.
“These two brave officers made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the people of their communities,” said Dave Soltesz, president of the Penguins Foundation. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families in this time of need.”
Donations are being accepted by the following organizations in support of Lt. Elsary’s family:
C/O Eric Eslary
3616 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317
Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation
337 Winners Circle, Canonsburg, PA 15317
Donations for Koropal’s family can also be made through the Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation.