Trooper Michael Stewart III
July 22, 1990 - July 14, 2017
Trooper Michael Stewart III was born on July 22, 1990 in Latrobe, Westmoreland County. After graduating from Latrobe Senior High School in 2008, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in January of 2014. Upon graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop H, Chambersburg. He served there before transferring to Troop A, Greensburg in 2015.
On Friday, July 14, 2017, he was on patrol traveling on State Route 711 in the area of State Route 271 in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County, when his marked patrol vehicle collided with a garbage truck that was pulling out from a parking lot. A second Trooper in the vehicle with Tpr. Stewart at the time was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Trooper Stewart was the 98th member of the Department to lose their life in the line of duty. He was survived by his parents and brother. Funeral Mass was held at the Holy Family Church in Latrobe and was followed by internment at the Unity Cemetery.