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Knoch grad chosen to lead Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations

| Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A Butler County native will head the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations of the Pennsylvania State Police.

State police Commissioner Frank Noonan promoted Keith A. Stone of East Manchester, York County, to major this month and appointed him to his new post.

Stone most recently served as director of tactical operations for the bureau.

The youngest of three brothers, Stone grew up in Jefferson and graduated from Knoch High School, where he played football and baseball. He is the son of Ruth Stone and the late Patrick Stone.

“He is a wonderful man. There is a satisfaction from his work that he gets from doing the right things,” his mother said.

Stone joined the state police in 1989. Following his training, he was assigned to Troop J out of Embreeville, Chester County.

He also has served at Troop H in Harrisburg, the Bureau of Training and Education, Bureau of Criminal Investigation and as a member of the Special Emergency Response Team's tactical section. Stone was an original member and coordinator of the marine operations program, a boat patrol the Bureau of Criminal Investigation started in 2008. He was promoted to corporal in 2004, sergeant in 2006, to lieutenant in 2009 and to captain in 2011.

Stone attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University to earn his degree in criminology and criminal justice.

He and his wife, Deidre, have two children, Nicole and Shane.

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at rwills@tribweb.com.

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