Former Jefferson County Sheriff Passes Away

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) – Thomas Andrew Demko, former Sheriff of Jefferson County, died on Monday at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Sheriff Demko, 75, was a dedicated public servant who served his country both locally and nationally for most of his life.

He served in the United States Army during the Berlin and Cuban Crises and retired as a First Sergeant from the Army Reserves.

Sheriff Demko was also a former Pennsylvania State Parole Agent, a police officer with the Punxsutawney Borough Police, and was elected to three terms as Sheriff of Jefferson County.

He was also a member of the Eagles, Elks, Fraternal Order of Police, Knights of Columbus (past president), and the Sheriff’s Association of PA (past president).

“Tom Demko was a seasoned sheriff and law enforcement official when I became a young chief,” said recently retired Brookville Police Chief Ken Dworek.

“I soon learned of his dedication, compassion, support, and most of all loyalty to other law enforcement officers and agencies. It wasn’t soon after I started that I began to rely on Tom for his support and loyalty when things were unsettled and I needed a friend.”

“I will miss Tom as a friend and my sympathy to his equally supportive wife, Arletta, and family.”

Sheriff Demko is survived by his wife Arletta and two children.

Memorial donations may be made in Tom’s memory to the Punxsutawney Library, 301 East Mahoning Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767.

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