Area law enforcement officers and Norristown officials will gather at Marshall Street Elementary School, at 1525 West Marshall Street on Thursday, Oct. 11 to commemorate Norristown Police Officer Thomas Barone, who was killed in the line of duty in 1992.
Barone was shot and killed while answering a domestic disturbance call in the 600 block of West Elm Street on Oct. 11, 1992, according to a story about the incident on Philly.com. The Norristown man who was convicted of his murder was sentenced to death but died in prison before the sentence could be carried out.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman will unveil a plaque dedicated to Barone in a 10 a.m. ceremony at Marshall Street Elementary, the school Barone attended as a child. The public is invited to attend.
The Hero Cop program was started in 2001 to honor men and women in law enforcement who have been killed or died in the line of duty. The program began in Philadelphia and expanded to Montgomery County. To date, over two dozen police officers from Montgomery County have been recognized through the program, including Norristown Borough Police Chief Robert E. Reilly and West Norriton Police Sergeant George F. Opelski.