Service held for retired officer killed in turnpike robbery

AP News
Posted: Mar 26, 2016 6:27 PM

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of people attended a memorial service for a retired police officer who was fatally shot in a robbery attempt at a rural Pennsylvania Turnpike toll plaza.

York city and police officials and uniformed officers were among the 300 to 400 people attending the Saturday service for retired York police Officer Ronald Heist held at the York Expo Center's Utz Arena.

Heist and toll collector Danny Crouse were killed March 20 at the Fort Littleton exchange about 60 miles west of Harrisburg. The shooter, Clarence Briggs, was then killed by troopers.

Heist worked for the county parks department after retiring from the city police force in the 1990s, and several park rangers were also among those at the service, which featured a pipe and drum corps and an honor guard.