Vigil for Greenville officer, son killed in crash

Greenville vigil, Aug. 22, 2015
Candlelight vigil outside the police station in Greenville for Officer Jermiah Christner and his son, killed in a car accident. Aug. 22, 2015

GREENVILLE, Pa (WKBN) – 150 people gathered in Greenville Saturday night to mourn and honor a police officer and his son who were killed in a car crash Wednesday morning.

41-year-old Greenville Officer Jeremiah Christner and his 17-year-old son Jeremiah Junior were killed when their SUV was struck by a truck.

Officer Christner’s widow and other son Nathan spoke to the crowd. And Greenville police officers were having a difficult time keeping their emotions in check. “He was a good officer”, says Sgt. Paul Molton. “He was always going out there never afraid to do the job. Would ask questions from day one if he didn’t know. Wasn’t afraid to try something, make a mistake, and own up to it. Cared about his family.”

Investigators say Christner lost control of his SUV on a curve on Greenville-Mercer Road.. The vehicle spun sideways across the center line.

Officer Christner had just been honored recently for 10 years of service as a borough policeman.


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