Area police officer killed in car crash

Photo by Amy Cherry — An Elk County Sheriff’s vehicle is shown among those emergency responders who participated in a procession honoring the late Officer Patrick Straub, of Kersey, killed in a car crash Monday evening. The procession took place Tuesday evening beginning in Punxsutawney and concluding at the Lynch Radkowski Funeral Home. Emergency vehicles were situated in the Sacred Heart Parish Center.
Staff Writer

Residents and emergency responders lined sidewalks throughout downtown St. Marys to honor the life of the late Officer Patrick Charles Straub, 33, of Kersey, who was killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday evening.
On Tuesday evening, a procession weaved through St. Marys along state Route 255, around the Diamond and onto Center Street. The procession began in Punxsutawney and concluded at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home and Sacred Heart Parish Center, both on Center Street
Straub was an officer with the DuBois City and Sandy Township police. Straub was a former deputy sheriff with the Elk County Sheriff’s Office from 2007-2014. He also worked for the Emporium Borough Police Department.
He was off-duty at the time of the crash and leaves behind a wife, Bridget, and 3-year-old daughter, Ella Mae at home.
“Patrick Straub faithfully served the people of Elk, Clearfield, Cameron and Center Counties for a number of years,” stated a post on the Elk County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. “He will always be remembered for his energy and selfless commitment to improve the quality of lives of the citizens he served and by extension to his law enforcement colleagues.”
According to DuBois-based State Police, the crash occurred Monday at 7:10 p.m. along state Route 219 in Washington Township, Jefferson County.
A viewing for Straub is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5-8 p.m. at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Center Street in St. Marys. The funeral is taking place Friday, Sept. 21 at noon, at the Sacred Heart Parish Center. Burial will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery.
“'Strauby' will be dearly missed but never forgotten. Our condolences to his family and we ask that you please pray for Pat and his family,” stated a post on the DuBois City Police’s Facebook page.

The full article can be found in the printed publication or E-Edition of the Ridgway Record, Sept. 19, 2018.