The sudden death of Warrington Township Police K9 Officer Stephen Plum, Jr. has sent shock waves and great sorrow through the department and larger community.
“Our family is heartbroken beyond words. Please keep his wife, Nancy, his five children, his parents, friends and family in your thoughts,” Warrington police said, adding, “please send some good thoughts for K9 Murphy, as he no doubt will be struggling to figure out where his person is.”
Plum, 38, was an eight-year veteran of the force and a United States Marine Corps veteran. As of press time, the cause of his untimely death was not yet determined, said officials.
“Rest in Peace Officer Plum. Such a tragic loss for Bucks County,” said the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. “Our hearts go out to the family, friends and law enforcement community of this brave officer. Thank you for your service, thank you for keeping us safe.”
Expressions of grief were flooding social media, with hundreds of people sharing their sorrow.
“My heart goes out to everyone touched by the passing of Officer Plum. May the love and support of the surrounding community provide some comfort and strength during the difficult days ahead,” read one.
“Our hearts were heavy this morning after hearing this news. Steve was a wonderful Officer and handler and loved K9 Murphy so much. We will miss talking with him. Prayers for everyone,” wrote another.