Brockway, Pennsylvania

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Brockway, Pennsylvania
downtown Brockway
downtown Brockway
Official logo of Brockway, Pennsylvania
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Brockway, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Brockway, Pennsylvania
Brockway, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°14′52″N 78°47′29″W / 41.24778°N 78.79139°W / 41.24778; -78.79139Coordinates: 41°14′52″N 78°47′29″W / 41.24778°N 78.79139°W / 41.24778; -78.79139
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Jefferson
Settled 1822
Incorporated 1883
 • Type Borough Council
 • Total 1.2 sq mi (3 km2)
Elevation 1,499 ft (457 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,182
 • Density 1,879.5/sq mi (725.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 15824
Area code(s) 814

Brockway is a borough in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,182 at the 2000 census. It was originally named Brockwayville, for the pioneer Brockway family. It was later shortened to Brockway.


The Brockwayville Passenger Depot, Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[1]

2013 State Police Shooting[edit]

On Thursday, September 26, 2013, two Pennsylvania State Police Troopers were serving a warrant to a resident just outside of Brockway around 2:30 PM on Cemetery Road. When the troopers knocked on the door, they were answered with gunshots. One trooper was hit in the neck and chest but pulled to safety by the other trooper. The injured trooper was life flighted to UPMC Altoona, listed in critical condition.[2]

The suspect retreated to his home while multiple police agencies from the surrounding area responded to the scene. He barricaded himself inside and kept police forces on scene overnight. The CERT team was on scene to provide assistance, as well as multiple Pennsylvania State Police helicopters which circled the area in case the suspect tried to flee his house. It is believed but not confirmed that officers couldn't storm the house because the suspect was threatening to blow up a meth lab inside his residence.

Both the schools in the Brockway Area School District were locked down and no students were permitted to leave the buildings. The lockdown began shortly after the shooting and lasted until 6:00 PM that evening. The school is located roughly two miles away from the scene. The police also asked that all residents remained inside, as this situation was still labeled as an active shooter over night.[3] The wounded officer was eventually life flighted a second time to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he is in a stable, but critical condition.

The standoff ended on Friday morning, September 27, 2013. A news conference was held at 10:30 AM on the 27th from the DuBois State Police Barracks.[4] Officials announced that the suspect was killed in the early morning standoff which lasted 11 hours. The suspect was 60-year-old Kenneth Lees, Sr. Officers tried multiple times to contact and reason with Lees, but they were all unsuccessful. Around 1 AM, police forces entered Lees' home to find that he was dead due a self-inflicted gunshot wound.[5]

Lees' son was also involved in an overnight chase with officers. Police wanted to contact the son to help talk with Kenneth, but when they attempted to pull over the vehicle, he fled. Officers were led on a 25-mile chase that ended with him fleeing through the woods. One officer was injured in the endeavor but officers did eventually catch up with the man who is now in jail under charges of fleeing from police and aggravated assault.[5]


Brockway is located at 41°14′52″N 78°47′29″W / 41.24778°N 78.79139°W / 41.24778; -78.79139 (41.247839, -78.791270).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 360
1890 929 158.1%
1900 1,777 91.3%
1910 1,898 6.8%
1920 2,369 24.8%
1930 2,690 13.6%
1940 2,709 0.7%
1950 2,650 −2.2%
1960 2,563 −3.3%
1970 2,529 −1.3%
1980 2,376 −6.0%
1990 2,207 −7.1%
2000 2,182 −1.1%
2010 2,072 −5.0%
Est. 2014 2,048 [7] −1.2%

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 2,182 people, 911 households, and 584 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,879.5 people per square mile (726.3/km²). There were 994 housing units at an average density of 856.2 per square mile (330.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.68% White, 0.05% Native American, 0.18% Asian, and 0.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.09% of the population.

There were 911 households, out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 23.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 24.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $34,556, and the median income for a family was $41,278. Males had a median income of $34,950 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,303. About 5.7% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

Public services[edit]


Notable people[edit]

Brockway is the hometown of Joe Scarnati, the current President Pro Tempore of the State Senate.

Brockway is the birthplace of Andrew Thomas Kearney, founder of the management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.[11]

Brockway is also the hometown of Kevin Benson, meteorologist for WPXI, Channel 11 News, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[12]

Additionally, Brockway is the birthplace of Dr. Jerry Ben Fiddler, a Professor Emeritus at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fiddler also taught at the Urban Center of the State University of New York, in Buffalo, as well as at, the State University of New York at Buffalo. Additionally, he served as a Mediator for the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as an Administrative Law Judge for the Department of Labor and Industry of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fiddler studied at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, the State University of New York at Buffalo (from which he earned his master's degree, and his doctorate, and he did post-doctoral study at the Justice Center of Atlanta, Georgia, at which he developed skills as a Professional Mediator, and as an Administrative Law Judge.

During his lengthy career at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Fiddler taught twenty-five undergraduate courses, as well as twenty-five graduate courses, both types in a variety of academic areas. He also served as an academic advisor for hundreds of undergraduate students, and for both numerous master's degree students, as well as, a number of doctoral students. Working in those capacities, he guided dozens of master's degree theses, as well as a number of doctoral dissertations. During the early part of his tenure at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he was elected and served as the President of the Keystone State Reading Association, Pennsylvania's state version of that entity, and, later, he served four terms of office (two as a member, and two as the President) of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee of the International Reading Association. Both as a Professional Mediator, and as an Administrative Law Judge, he worked professionally across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, solving issues between parents and guardians of children and youth with disabilities, as well as performing Administrative law functions between adult clients with disabilities, and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Rehabilitation for Clients with Disabilities.

Dr. Fiddler also lectured, and made other presentations, across a number of states in the United States, during his many years of professional responsibilities.


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  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
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  12. ^ "Kevin Benson: WPXI, weekend morning co-anchor, weekend evening weathercaster". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 9, 2003. Archived from the original on August 25, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2012.