Reporting Brad Segall
By Brad Segall
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. – The law enforcement community turned out in Conshohocken Tuesday to remember the first police officer killed in the line of duty in Montgomery County.
A plaque was dedicated in memory of Eugene “Chic” Lucas, who was the only Conshohocken Borough police officer to be killed on the job.
Lucas was only a cop for 24 hours when he was shot and killed while serving a warrant on the notorious gambler known as “Black Mike” nearly 95 years ago.
Police Chief Michael Orler says the plaque is a lasting reminder of the dangers police officers encounter every day.
“I’ll be gone and the next chief will take over and the new hires will be hired and the new police officers will be hired and they’ll see the plaque and they’ll never forget him.”
The 49-year-old Lucas was shot in the neck and succumbed to his injuries.
He was survived by a brother and sister.
District Attorney Risa Ferman says he made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the community and that, she adds, is worth remembering and honoring.