Family Tradition

Edward Lackey

Edward Lackey
Sergeant, Plum Boro (PA) Police Department

I became a police officer when I was 23, following in my father’s footsteps. My father, Robert Lackey, was a World War II veteran and City of Pittsburgh Police Officer for more than 25 years. He spent the early part of his career in zone #2 in the Hill District but spent the majority of his career in zone 6 in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

My father and I together in uniform

My father and I together in uniform While on the job, he received numerous recognitions and awards for his service, including a Commendation for Courageous Police Action in the Apprehension of Dangerous Felons. He received this reward for his response to the armed robbery of the Junction Pharmacy on March 6, 1974. He and his partner responded to a hold up alarm at the pharmacy, where actors shot another Officer in the head. My father engaged in a running gun battle with two suspects, one of whom was wounded and taken into custody. The second suspect escaped and later showed up at a Youngstown, Ohio Hospital with a fatal gunshot wound which through ballistics tests proved to be from his service revolver. He was recognized for his service by the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #1, of which he was a member.

I spent my entire career at the Plum Boro Police Department, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was promoted to sergeant in 1997. Like my father, I’m also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #91 of Allegheny County. While I’m currently serving as Delegate, past positions held include Chaplin, Board of Directors and First Vice-President. I was also the past President and one of the co-founders of the Allegheny County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
In the spring of 1988, on a bus trip back to Pittsburgh after attending a police memorial celebration in Washington D.C., the idea of constructing a memorial in Pittsburgh was born. With determination and hard work, two other officers and myself recruited police officers and survivors of police officers who died in the “Line of Duty”. This formed the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Inc. County of Allegheny.

After several years of planning, designs, and many fundraisers, the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was given an area to build their Memorial on the North Shore in Clemente Park near Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. On May 25, 1996, ground was broken and in August the Memorial was finished and dedicated August 25, 1996.

In the fall of 2000 the Memorial and Statue was dismantled and placed in storage to make way for the new Heinz Field and Gateway Clipper River Boat Dock. The Memorial was placed in storage until May 2003. When the construction nearly complete, the memorial was placed at its new location on the “Great Lawn” at North Shore Drive and Art Rooney Blvd., just outside of Heinz Field. The Memorial was rededicated on Saturday, May 17, 2003.

Although I’m retired, I remain active with the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial of Allegheny County, where I currently serve as Vice President.

While none of my children have gone into law enforcement, my youngest daughter has chosen a similar path in U.S. National Security and my youngest grandson has said that he aspires to be a police officer, “just like Pap-Pap.”

Search Stories by Last Name, Story Title, Keyword