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Combined image from Stofesky Family photo and Pittsburgh skyline panorama, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Always Shooting’s photostream

On Tuesday, June 16th, our city lost a dedicated 26-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Police Bureau: John Stofesky. Highly respected by the Bureau, John served his city with honor, courage, and kindness. His immense impact on his family, friends, colleagues, and our city will not be forgotten, and he is especially missed by the South Side Community.

As one of John’s colleagues puts it:

Anyone that had the pleasure of knowing John left that encounter as a better person. For those of us that had the pleasure to call John a friend. We were truly blessed. John could make you laugh within moments of being in his presence. He was full of life, and seemed to thrive in knowing you were enjoying his company. We are all in shock, and disbelief that such a good man could be taken from our lives so soon.

John Stofesky died unexpectedly from a stroke at the age of 53. Among the family he leaves behind are two young sons: Johnny Jr., fifteen-years old and Ryan, twelve-years old. A GoFundMe page has been setup in an attempt to raise money to help pay for his sons’ college educations. All funds raised will go into a trust fund for his boys.

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Johnny and Ryan Stofesky

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Johnny, Ryan and Amanda with their dad

John’s world revolved around his kids–if he wasn’t at work, he was with them. If you are able, please click here to make a donation to his sons’ future education.