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Military funeral planned for state trooper killed in Beaver County

| Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, 3:59 p.m.
Trooper Blake Coble was on patrol when his cruiser and a tractor-trailer collided on Thursday morning, Oct. 4, 2012, near the intersection of Route 251/Blackhawk Road and Route 168, killing him.

State police Trooper First Class Blake T. Coble will be honored with a military funeral on Tuesday.

Coble, 47, died Thursday when a tractor-trailer ran a stop sign and slammed into his patrol car at a rural intersection in Beaver County, police said. Charges had not been filed against the truck driver, identified as Gregory Golkosky, 47, of Mt. Pleasant, as of Friday afternoon.

Public visitation for Coble will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at Beinhauer Funeral Home in Peters, state police said. His funeral service will start at noon Tuesday at the Golden Dome on the Community College of Beaver County's campus in Center.

Following the service, a funeral procession will go about 11 miles from the community college to St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery in Chippewa. A graveside ceremony with full military honors will be held.

Gov. Tom Corbett ordered all Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol complex in Harrisburg and at state facilities in Beaver County to fly at half staff until after Coble's burial.

Tom Fontaine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7847 or tfontaine@tribweb.com.

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