Memorial Wall

Patrolman Herbert P. Brantlinger

Herbert P. Brantlinger was born July 4, 1906, at Conemaugh, Cambria County, Pennsylvania. He enlisted with the State Highway Patrol from Blairsville, on December 7, 1931, and was assigned to Troop B, Greensburg. He was 25 years old and 5' 11" tall.

Patrolman Brantlinger was on patrol on U.S. Route 19 in South Fayette Township, Allegheny County, on September 3, 1933. At 10:40 p.m., he approached the Melrose Service Station near Bridgeville, where he believed a theft of gas and oil was in progress. When he dismounted from his motorcycle to investigate, he was hit with rifle fire. He was taken to the Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he died one hour later. Thomas Davis, Jr. was charged with murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Brantlinger is buried in Blairsville Cemetery. He was survived by his mother, Mrs. Frank Brantlinger, of Blairsville. At 27, he had completed one year and 10 months of State Highway Patrol service.