Officer Joseph E. Hanusey

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Office Joseph E. Hanusey – 30 years old 

Plumstead Township Police Department, Plumstead, PA

Died in the line of duty on 05/18/2002

Officer Joseph E. Hanusey was southbound on Route 611 Plumstead Township at about 1:50 a.m. Saturday May 18, 2002, to back up another township police officer on Route 611 at Silo Hill Road, when his patrol car ran off the rain-slicked highway, and slammed into a tree. 

Joseph E. Hanusey III
Published 5/20/02

Joseph E. Hanusey III, a Plumstead Township police officer, died tragically in the line of duty on Saturday, May 18, 2002. He was 30.

He was the beloved husband of Brandy A. Riess Hanusey.

Joe was a five-year resident of Plumstead Township and was born in Doylestown. He was a 1990 graduate of Central Bucks East High School. He attended Spring Garden College and received his bachelor of arts degree from Chadwick University. While at Spring Garden College, he was a member of Kappa Sigma Kappa Fraternity.

Joe also was a graduate of the Montgomery County Police Academy. Joe was a highly respected police officer. He was a member of the Youth Aid Panel, the Plumstead Township Benevolent Association, and the Bucks County Special Response Team. He also was coordinator for the Plumsteadville Township Police Cadets and training officer for new police officers, as well as being a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Joe was a member of Peck’s Pond Sportsman’s Association. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking and home improvements. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his numerous friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents, Joseph E. and Antoinette Harasym Hanusey of Doylestown; his brothers, Eric L. (Allison) Hanusey of Silverdale and Bryan A. Hanusey of Doylestown; his sister, Tara (Todd) Royles of Pensacola, Fla.; and his mother- and father-in-law, Kenneth P. and Guenevere Riess of Pineville.

Relatives and friends will be received by the family from 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 22 until the funeral service at noon at the Shelly Funeral Home, Easton Road at Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville. A police memorial service will follow. Interment will be in the Plumstead Cemetery at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to either the Plumstead Township Benevolent Association, P.O. Box 41, Plumsteadville, PA 18949 or to the Plumstead Township Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 283, Plumsteadville, PA 18949.

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