CHESTER — A longtime Highway Patrol trooper who worked in Chester County for years and was well-known to area law enforcement was electrocuted Sunday night while making repairs on a home, authorities say.
Lance Cpl. Frank Murphy, 58, joined the Highway Patrol in 1977 and retired in 2001. He returned to the patrol in 2005, according to the state Department of Public Safety.
Murphy, who lived in Chester, was responsible for enforcing road safety in Chester and Fairfield counties, DPS says. He once served in Chesterfield County.
Frank Murphy had dedicated his life to the Highway Patrol and truly loved his job, said DPS director Leroy Smith. He was well-respected in his community and with his fellow troopers.
Murphy, who was off duty when he was killed, owned and operated his own business, Perfection Home Repairs, Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said.
On Sunday afternoon, Murphy went to a Walnut Street home to repair a leak on a couples home, Tinker said.
While working under the house, he ran into an electrical wire and was electrocuted, he said.
Murphys death went unnoticed until Monday morning, when someone passed the couples home and noticed a pickup parked in the yard with a door open.
The couple, who did not live at the home, went to the house at about 5 a.m. Monday and called an ambulance when they found Murphy, Tinker said.
Tinker remembered Murphy as a man with a big heart. Because he worked in Chester for years, police officers, sheriffs deputies, paramedics, coroners and many others in law enforcement knew him well.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Dugan, and two adult daughters, Candice M. Gilliland and Rhonda M. Kelsey, both of Chester.
Visitation will be 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday at Barron Funeral Home. Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Chester.
The Highway Patrols Honor Guard will be on hand for his burial in Chester Memorial Gardens.