Colonel Frank Noonan, Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police sadly reports the death of Trooper David Kedra.

Trooper Kedra, 26, was participating in an annual training exercise for his departmental firearms qualification requirements. The training was being held at the Public Safety Training Complex in Montgomery County’s Plymouth Township.

During the training exercise, a weapon accidentally discharged and the bullet struck Trooper Kedra in the chest. Trooper Kedra was airlifted to Temple University Hospital where he succumbed to his wound.

The Public Safety Training Center Complex which is located just outside Philadelphia, provides classrooms and other facilities including a gun range and a “live fire shoot house” used to train police “in close quarters combat and high risk entries.”

Trooper Kedra was assigned to K Troop and worked out of the Sippack Station. He served the Pennsylvania State Police for two years and four months. He is the 96th Trooper to be killed in the line of duty in the history of the Pennsylvania State Police. The Pennsylvania State Police and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office are investigating this incident.

Trooper Kedra is survived by his parents and siblings.

Trooper David Kedra-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”

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