Police honor Pennsylvania State Trooper Blake Coble, who was killed in a western Pennsylvania vehicle crash last week, during his funeral Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Chippewa Township, Pa. (AP Photo/Beaver County Times, Lucy Schaly)
Trooper Mike Funk follows the hearse leading a riderless horse with a backward positioned boot through St. Mary's Cemetery during the funeral for Pennsylvania State Trooper Blake Coble, who was killed in a western Pennsylvania vehicle crash last week, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Chippewa Township, Pa. (AP Photo/Beaver County Times, Lucy Schaly)
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MONACA, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania state trooper killed in an on-duty crash last week has been remembered by hundreds of state troopers and other officers who packed a community college gymnasium for his funeral.
Forty-seven-year-old Trooper Blake Coble was on patrol when his cruiser was struck by a tractor-trailer Thursday morning in Beaver County. The crash remains under investigation.
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Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper was among the officers paying their respects to Coble, who worked out of the Beaver barracks, about 25 miles northwest of the city.
Speaking at the Golden Dome athletic facility at the Community College of Beaver County Harper says of Coble's death that "We are all family. It's a tough pill to swallow."
Coble is survived by his wife, Brenda, who worked as a state police dispatcher, and two children.