Sergeant Edward W. Gundel
Pennsylvania State Police
Years of Service: 24˝ years
Cause of Death:
two 16-gauge shotgun blasts
Date of Incident:
March 18, 1962
Edward W. Gundel was born July 4, 1916, at Highspire, Dauphin
Prior to enlisting in the Pennsylvania Motor Police, he served with Troop K, 104th
Cavalry, Pennsylvania National Guard, from October 3, 1934, to October 2, 1937. He
enlisted with the Pennsylvania Motor Police from Harrisburg on September 1, 1937, and was
assigned to Troop C-4, Reading. Gundel was 21, and was
On March 18, 1962, at 8:30 p.m., Sergeant Gundel was called
to assist Chief Clayton of the Pine Grove Police Department serve a warrant on Theodore
Kemmerling. Kemmerling was a young Pine Grove resident who had assault and battery charges
against him. He had fled his home. While searching the area, the officers spotted
Kemmerling enter a building through a window. As Sergeant Gundel approached the building,
Kemmerling shot him with two 16-gauge shotgun blasts. Sergeant Gundel died instantly.
Kemmerling was later apprehended and charged with murder.
Sergeant Gundel is buried in Saint John's Lutheran Cemetery in Pine Grove. He was survived
by his wife, Mrs. Margretta Gundel, of Pine Grove.
At 45, Sergeant Gundel had completed
24˝ years of Pennsylvania State Police service.