The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 9, 2014

Bridge may be named for trooper

WINDBER — A Windber Borough bridge might soon bear the name of a police officer who lost his life protecting others.

Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed H.B. 1921, which called for renaming the bridge carrying 17th Street over state Route 56 after Pennsylvania State Trooper Joseph J. Sepp Jr. He was shot to death in Ebensburg, following a high-speed chase, back in 2002.

The state Senate will now consider the bill.

“Naming this bridge the Joseph Sepp Memorial Bridge is one way we can honor this trooper for his service,” said state Rep. Frank Burns, D-East Taylor Township, who introduced the legislation.

Sepp graduated from Windber Area High School in 1986.

“He really loved Windber,” said Jen Sepp, the officer’s widow.

“He loved growing up in Windber with his friends.”

Sepp, a Wilkinsburg native and Pitt-Johnstown graduate, joined the force in 1992, and transferred to the Ebensburg station in October 1996.

He is survived by three children Amanda Jo, Joey and Andy, along with his parents, Joseph and Lana Gay Sepp, and sister, Tina.

“He had a beautiful heart,” said  Jen Sepp. “He really did. He was just an amazing beautiful person. He really, truly cared about people.”

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at Dave_Sutor.

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