Campaign Underway for Family of Trooper Killed

LATROBE, Pa. (EYT) – A t-shirt fundraiser has been established to raise money to help with the funeral costs for Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael Paul Stewart.

Family, friends, and fellow law enforcement officers mourned deceased State Trooper Stewart as he was laid to rest on Tuesday in Latrobe.

Stewart, 26, was killed in the line of duty on Friday, July 14, when the state police SUV he was driving was involved in an accident with a garbage truck.

State police officials estimate more than 1,000 officers from 20 states, including as far as away as California, attended services for Stewart.

According to an article on, those who came to mourn Stewart lined the streets from Latrobe’s Holy Family Church to Unity Cemetery to pay tribute — including many who knew the Unity native who served the community where he grew up.

According to information on, he is the son of Michael P. Stewart, Jr. and Lynn A. (Crawford) Stewart, of Latrobe. Stewart was a member of Sacred Heart Church, of Youngstown. He was a graduate of Greater Latrobe Senior High School, Class of 2008, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2012.

A graduate of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, class 138, he served first as a trooper with the Chambersburg barracks and then with the Greensburg barracks. An avid outdoorsman, Stewart enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Derry Rod and Gun Club. He was a lifelong sports fan and played baseball with the American Legion Post 982, Unity Township team. Above all, he loved spending time with his family.

A site to help raise money for the funeral costs has been established at

The memorial shirts are being sold not only as a remembrance to Trooper Stewart, but the proceeds will help the family with funeral costs.

This fundraiser is being run by the PA State Police – Cpl. Ron Zona Troop A Greensburg, 724-396-7585, and Retired Trooper Charles Banks, 412-716-3838.

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