Friends, colleagues remember Bell Acres police chief

Bobby Cherry
| 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

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