By Natasha Brown
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Police are remembering one of their own.
A fellow officer died in a motorcycle crash in central Pennsylvania on Monday.
His friends and family are on a quest for a unique tribute.
It was a dream trip for Philadelphia Police Officer Seth Stellfox navigating his way across the country on his motorcycle. He documented the breathtaking views from the open highway allowing friends back home to absorb the moments.
“Seth being Seth he was posting pictures on Instagram, Facebook and talking about his trip and his journey back and the bad weather,” Lt. Vince Testa of Philadelphia Police said.
The weather may have been the factor that turned his cross-country bike trip into a tragedy. Just two and a half hours from returning home on a rainy night outside of Harrisburg, Officer Stellfox was killed when his motorcycle crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
“When you hear of a tragedy like this, off duty, on vacation enjoying himself it’s just difficult to wrap your head around it,” Lt. Testa said.
The sudden death of the 11-year veteran of the 39th Police District sent shock waves through the force. Friends left now with memories and one request for one of his favorite country music singers.
Fellow officers are hoping country music star Luke Bryan who will be performing in Philadelphia on Friday will dedicate a song to Officer Stellfox at his concert.
“He liked his country music and he especially like this artist and so some of his fellow officers thought it would be a nice tribute and they’re reaching out to try and have a song dedicated,” Lt. Testa said.
Many fellow officers will be attending the concert hoping to hear a tribute to an officer described as compassionate, witty and intelligent. A young officer gone far too soon.
“He was definitely one in a million, we’re not going to be able to replace Officer Stellfox. He’s a part of our lives and we’re a little bit grayer in the 39th District for his loss,” Lt. Testa said.
Officers say they have made an official request to Luke Bryan’s manager, but they’re still waiting to hear back on whether he will dedicate his song to their fallen colleague.
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