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Allentown mourns loss of police officer

The City of Allentown along with the Allentown Police Department is deeply saddened to announce the death of one of its officers.

Detective James Stanko, 51, passed away Monday morning in the presence of loved ones.

Det. Stanko joined APD in February 2009, and most recently served as Youth Detective assigned to the Community Outreach Unit. He was devoted to public service and was an

integral part of the Community Outreach Unit. He was involved in various programs including the Police Athletic League; the Cedar Crest College Center for Police Innovation and Community Engagement; Opioid Crisis Initiative; L.I.F.E. Program; Youth Police Academy; Boys and Girls Club; Communities in Schools; among so many others.

“It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Det. Jim Stanko this morning,” said Police Chief Charles Roca. “Jim is the type of officer that represents the highest values and ideals of the Allentown Police Department. The positive impact that he made with so many people, speaks to his character and the legacy that he established. From the PAL program to our community policing initiatives, amongst many others. My deepest condolences and prayers of support go to his family and our department during this time. I want to say thank you to our community for the outpouring of prayers and support for Jim.”

“Our Allentown Police Department is better for the years of service that Det. Stanko gave, and his life and career provide a great example of the impact that one person can have on a community,” said Mayor Matt Tuerk. “The people of Allentown will miss his kindness and grieve with Jim’s family.”

“Det. Stanko’s death will not only have a profound impact within the City and the Department, but across the entire community, where he was a friend to many.

“APD and the entire City of Allentown expresses its deepest sympathies to Det. Stanko’s family and friends, as we mourn the loss of a great friend, colleague, and community leader.”

He is survived by his wife Sharon and daughters Lily and Brooke.