Trooper Stephen R. Gyurke
Pennsylvania State Police
Troop "B-2"


Biographical Info
Age: 29
Years of Service: 3 years 10 months

Incident Details
Cause of Death:  Tractor trailer struck a truck Trooper Gyurke had stopped, pinning him between tractor trailer and truck.

Date of Incident:
August 21, 1958
Date of Death: August 24, 1958

Stephen R. Gyurke was born July 3, 1929, at Nettleton, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.
He served with Headquarters Company 7806, United States Army, from September 29, 1948, to June 4, 1952. He enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police from Nanty-Glo on October 4, 1954, and was assigned to Troop E-1, Erie and subsequently assigned to Troop B-2, Turnpike Patrol. He was 25 years old and 6'2" tall.

At 12:15 p.m. on August 21, 1958, Trooper Gyurke was standing on the berm of the Turnpike roadway in Westmoreland County checking the credentials of a stopped truck driver. A tractor-trailer left the main portion of the highway, struck the parked truck, and pinned Trooper Gyurke between both trucks. He was taken to Frick Memorial Hospital at Mt. Pleasant where he died of his injuries at 9:00 a.m. on August 24.

Trooper Gyurke is buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery, Nanty-Glo. He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret Gyurke, of Nanty-Glo and his brother, William P. Gyurke, who also served with the Pennsylvania State Police.

At 29, he had completed three years and ten months of Pennsylvania State Police service.