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Thousands Honor Slain Police Officer

Police, fire and emergency personnel filled Northampton Community College's Spartan Hall for a public service honoring Freemansburg Police Officer Robert Lasso, killed in the line of duty

Thousands of people, including hundreds of police officers from the Lehigh Valley and beyond, came to the Spartan Center at Northampton Community College to honor Freemansburg Police Officer Robert Lasso.

Lasso was shot and killed responding to a call about a disturbance in Freemansburg on Thursday.

Departments from as far away as Virginia, Harrisburg and New York were among those represented at the public service, according to a report on The Express-Times website.

Lasso was eulogized by Borough Police Chief George Bruneio and the Rev. Richard L. Teitsworth of First UCC of Hellertown.

Bruneio described Lasso as a good family man and father who had an infectious smile. Teitsworth said the words “protect and serve” truly represent Lasso’s life, according to The Morning Call’s account.

The Express-Times also reported on the people who waited along the motorcade route in Freemansburg, with one resident saying the small town would never be the same.

Lasso was killed responding to a call at 440 New St., the home of George Hitcho, who is charged in the crime.

Lasso was reportedly being attacked by two dogs in Hitcho’s yard and pointed a stun gun at them before he was killed. Bruneio ordered Lasso to “shoot the dogs” before Hitcho allegedly to the officer’s head.

Hitcho is in Northampton County Prison, where he was committed without bail.

Lasson is survived by his wife and two small children, as well as his parents and many other family members and friends.

Shawn Heller August 18, 2011 at 04:08 AM
George Hitcho should be loaded onto a coast guard cutter, along with the the widow of Officer Lasso, and his fellow brothers in blue. Taken out to sea and dropped off like that piece of shit Bin Laden. All cop killers should be treated like terrorist. Don't even waste the tax payers money giving this guy a trial, bury him at sea. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Lasso family, especially his young children. and all his brothers in blue, who risk there lives the moment they wake up, till they are safe at home after there shifts and lay down to rest.
keith leith August 18, 2011 at 07:05 PM
so now the tax payers are gonna pay for this skumbag to sit on death row for how many years? lets all hope they rush his death sentence through as quickly as possible.
voice of reason August 18, 2011 at 09:36 PM
not likely, no one has been executed in pennsylvania since 1999 (Gary Heidnik), there are 249 convicts on death row in Pennsylvania
Tom Coombe (Editor) August 18, 2011 at 10:52 PM
And not to make this discussion even more morbid, but Heidnik -- I think -- ASKED to be executed. One guy came very close in 2000: a Schuylkill County case that I covered w/another reporter, but his execution was stopped at the last minute.

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