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Pennsylvania State Police Patch used from 1943 to 1959 Pennsylvania State Police Patch used from 1959 to 1987
In memory of
William P. Gyurke
Stephen R. Gyurke,
Pennsylvania State Policemen brothers.

The black and gray patch was worn for the duration of Stephen's career and until 1956 of
William's career. The black and gold patch was worn by William from 1956 until his retirement.

William P. Gyurke. Badge # 296.
Born December 27, 1923 in Nettleton, PA.
Passed away October 24, 1987 in Uniontown, PA. [William P. Gyurke, Pennsylvania State Police photo]

Enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police November, 1946. Was stationed at Troop B substations in Imperial, Waynesburg, Washington and Uniontown during his career. Washington was Troop B headquarters. William retired as a corporal from Uniontown in August, 1974.

William's brother was also a Pennsylvania State Trooper stationed at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Patrol barracks at Somerset; he died in the line of duty. Stephen R. Gyurke of Somerset, was 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. Stephen, who was on the force for three years and ten months, died from his injuries three days later at age 29. Stephen is buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery, Nanty-Glo.

Click HERE for text from 1958 newspaper articles detailing the complete story.

Click HERE for pictures of the accident scene.

Stephen R. Gyurke. Badge # 606.
             Born July 3, 1929
in Nettleton, Cambria County, PA.

[Stephen R. Gyurke, Pennsylvania State Police photo] [Pennsylvania State Police Ultimate Sacrifice flag] Enlisted in the
Pennsylvania State Police as a student recruit on October 4, 1954.

He completed training at Hershey Training School on March 31, 1955, was promoted to private and assigned to Troop E-1, Erie. He transferred to Troop B-2 (Turnpike Division) on December 1, 1955.

Stephen passed away in the line of duty August 24, 1958 in Frick Memorial Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, PA.

If you knew William Gyurke or Stephen Gyurke or have questions or comments, please send E-mail to Jeffrey A. Gyurke (son of William; nephew of Stephen).

Click HERE for many more photos of
William P. Gyurke's Pennsylvania State Police career.

Wanted for my personal collection:

Pennsylvania State Police items from the 1970s or earlier.

I am especially trying to put together a complete set of years-of-service insignia used during the 1950s. These are the small black patches with the gray hash marks and/or silver stars to denote length of service.

Also looking for ANY other older Pennsylvania State Police items including badges and collar ornaments.

I am also looking for Fayette County, Pennsylvania sheriff department items such as patches and badges.

If you have any of these items to sell (or give away!), please Email me at


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