Nearly 110 years later, Mt. Pleasant to honor 'fallen hero'
A Mt. Pleasant police officer killed in the line of duty nearly 110 years ago finally will be recognized by the borough he served.
The honor is long overdue for Denver Braden Pore, 25, according to borough officials.
“He's the only law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty here ... and hopefully that'll never change,” said police Chief Douglas Sam. “I just think it's important to the history in Mt. Pleasant and the police department that we recognize a fallen hero.”
A street sign marking Pore Way will replace Eagle Street Extension at its intersection with Main Street during a short dedication ceremony planned for Thursday morning. That is the area where Pore was shot while on patrol at about 10:30 p.m. on April 5, 1906.
He died two days after the shooting.
Borough officials learned of Pore's death a few years ago when it was brought to their attention by Mt. Pleasant historian Rick Meason and Oakmont father-and-son duo Erich “Rocky” Geppert and Erich “Ricky” Geppert III.
The Gepperts got Pore's name included on a national memorial for fallen officers in Washington, D.C., within the last few years, and Meason had been planning a memorial at the borough building.
In the meantime, borough officials secured the new street sign, and an interview room in the police station will be named in Pore's honor and acknowledged with a plaque.
“To me, it was a very dramatic situation; the fellow was just hired as the police chief,” said Mayor Jerry Lucia.
Pore had just completed his first month of work as a police officer when he was patrolling and got into an altercation with two men at Main and Eagle streets. According to historical society information, Pore was shot with a revolver by Andrew Lindsay Jr., 22, who was out for a night of drinking with 18-year-old friend Thomas Wilson.
Pore was struck in his abdomen and died at a nearby hospital.
Lindsay and Wilson fled to the West Coast, and a reward was offered for their capture, according to newspaper accounts. Newspapers ran photographs of the suspects.
Wilson eventually surrendered and was cleared of involvement in Pore's death, according to newspaper accounts. It's unclear if Lindsay ever was located.
“That was 100 years ago,” Lucia said. “How it was missed (in borough history) is beyond me.”
“We should make everyone aware of it in town,” he said. “We'd like to see a community support of this event.”
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.