New Law Honors Fallen Berks County Sheriff’s Deputy, Says Gillen
HARRISBURG — A bill championed by Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) and signed into law today by the governor will rename a portion of state Route 422 in honor of Berks County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Kyle Pagerly, who was shot and killed in the line of duty one year ago.
“This new law is less about remembering how Deputy Pagerly died and more about remembering how he lived,” Gillen said. “Kyle Pagerly led a life full of service to others. That service deserves to be remembered.”
Gillen co-sponsored House Bill 2027, a measure introduced by Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) to rename the road in Pagerly’s honor. It will designate state Route 422 from its intersection with state Route 724 in the Borough of Sinking Spring to the west end of the Borough of Robesonia as the “Kyle D. Pagerly Memorial Highway.”
The bill was unanimously approved by the House in March and unanimously approved by the Senate on June 26.
Pagerly was attempting to issue a search warrant on June 29, 2011, when he was shot and killed.
Pagerly was a U.S. Army Military Police veteran who served in Kosovo and Iraq. In addition to serving as a canine deputy sheriff with the Berks County Sheriff’s Department, he also was a lieutenant with the Spring Township Fire Department. Pagerly also worked for the Western Berks Regional Police Department and the U.S. Marshalls Task Force.
Deputy Pagerly is survived by his widow, Alecia, and his daughter, Savannah, who was born in January more than six months after his death.
“When Deputy Pagerly’s wife and daughter see the road sign honoring their husband and father in the months and years ahead, I want them to know that their community appreciates everything Kyle did for us,” Gillen said. “This is the very least we could do for him and his family after all Deputy Pagerly did to serve our community, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States of America.”
The new law will take effect in 60 days.
State Representative Mark Gillen
128th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Dan Massing