Trooper Francis M. Tessitore
Pennsylvania State Police
Years of Service: 8 years 10 months
Cause of Death: Vehicle Accident
Date of Incident:
Francis M. Tessitore was born February 3, 1932, at Nesquehoning, Carbon
Prior to enlisting in the Pennsylvania State Police, he served in the US Navy from June 21,
1949, to March 26, 1953. Trooper Tessitore enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police from
Nesquehoning on October 2, 1953, and was assigned to Troop B-2, Turnpike Patrol. He was 21
years old and 5'10" tall.
At 11:55 a.m. on August 5, 1960, Trooper Tessitore had stopped a vehicle on the Turnpike in
Chester County. He was in the process of arresting the operator for speeding. Trooper
Tessitore was standing at the rear of the vehicle, preparing his arrest report, when a truck
ran off the roadway. It struck both Trooper Tessitore and the stopped motorist. Both were
killed instantly. The truck was operated by a 17 year old who had fallen asleep. He pleaded
guilty to the charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Trooper Tessitore is buried in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Cemetery, New Columbia,
Nesquehoning. He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Louise M. Tessitore, of New Columbus,
At 28, Trooper Tessitore had completed eight years and ten months of
Pennsylvania State Police service.