Friends, colleagues remember Bell Acres police chief
By Bobby Cherry
Published: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
Bell Acres police Chief Brian Brown died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. He was 42.
Brown had been with the Bell Acres police department for nearly 20 years — first as a part-time officer, before joining the force full time.
He was promoted to chief about five years ago, borough Manager Charles Kulbacki said.
“He was a great guy,” Kulbacki said. “As busy as he was, he was always there to help you.”
Kulbacki called Brown a “computer whiz,” helping when technology issues arose in the borough office.
Working in a small office together, Kulbacki said he and Brown often would share stories about family.
“He was a devoted family man,” Kulbacki said. “There wasn't a day went by he didn't tell you a story about a project his sons were involved in.”
The two would “have a cup a coffee or a Coke together and eat lunch,” Kulbacki said.
Brown grew up in Sewickley and attended Quaker Valley schools.
“As busy as he was, he was always there to help you,” Kulbacki said.
Sewickley police Chief Jim Ersher was a colleague and friend of Brown.
“Everyone's kind of in shock,” Ersher said.
Bell Acres police Captain Kris Korol was named acting police chief.
Brown died of natural causes stemming from liver disease, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said Tuesday.
He was a member of Good Samaritan Church. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police, Masonic Lodge Oakdale No. 669, and Western Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.
He was the husband of Dawn Asafaylo Brown. He is survived by two sons, Brian R. Brown and Alexander M. Brown, both at home; his maternal grandmother, Grace I. Devine of North Hills; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Marie Asafaylo of Ambridge; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. today in the Bohn-Matich Funeral Home, 1099 Maplewood Ave., Ambridge.
On Wednesday, a service will be held at Good Samaritan Catholic Church. Interment will follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Brown children in care of the funeral home.
Kristina Serafini contributed to this report. Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- ‘Soup for you!’ as beloved TV grump visits Sewickley
- ‘Phenomenal’ 8-year-old called to stage for Sewickley Area Theatre Co.’s first show
- The Way I See It: Stars shine — in my house, and in your community
- Missionaries’ call overshadows dangers, Sewickley Valley church leaders say
- Allentown therapist stretches to help clients, students feel better
- Google Hangouts among ways Aleppo officials’ want to visibility
- It’s fish fry time: Sewickley Valley groups, churches host fish meals
- Ohio Township-based Family Guidance CEO follows mission, lifts at-risk youth
- Firm studying needs at Quaker Valley High School
- Port Authority slightly adjusts Sewickley Valley service