Local police officers held a collection to benefit the family of fallen officer Derek Kotecki before the Penguins’ game against Buffalo Saturday at 7 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center.
Officer Kotecki, an 18-year police veteran, was killed Wednesday in the line of duty while attempting to apprehend a suspect. Kotecki is survived by his wife and two young sons.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Officer Kotecki, who put himself in harm’s way to protect his community,” said Dave Soltesz, president of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. “The Penguins are proud to cooperate with this collection and help his family, fellow officers and friends during this difficult time.”
Others involved in the collection were be the Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation, F.O.P Loge 39 and the Allegheny Valley Lodge.
$23,000 was collected from fans and an additional $10,000 donation was made by 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands for a total of $33,000.
The Derek Kotecki Memorial Fund has been established for the Kotecki family, in care of the Fraternal Order of Police, Allegheny Valley Lodge #39. Donations should be sent to S&T Bank, 4251 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, Pa., 15668. Please make checks payable to the Derek Kotecki Memorial Fund.