It is with great sadness that the Bethlehem Police Department announces the passing of Officer Frank A. Rossnagle, Badge #290. Frank served with the Bethlehem Police Department for over fifteen years, starting his career in February 1997. Prior to becoming a Bethlehem Police Officer, Frank served the community of Washington Township, New Jersey as a police officer for fifteen years.
Frank served in our Criminal Investigations Division for over eight years and as our Property/Evidence Officer for the past four years. While at our department, Frank was the recipient of ten Letters of Commendation for his exemplary performance of his duties. These letters detail his dedication to his job, his fellow officers, and the citizens he served. In these letters, he was praised by his supervisors for his perseverance, knowledge and thoroughness during his criminal investigations. He was honored for his poise and control during stressful situations, his team efforts and his sense of duty. Frank’s contributions to our community have been many and meaningful. He also received many letters of appreciation from citizens he helped during his career.
Frank’s law enforcement training included many classes on interviewing and interrogations, FBI Advanced Criminal Investigations, Identity Theft, and detecting the art of deception. He used these skills to the fullest extent and took great pride in his work.
Frank also served as our department’s historian, doing many hours of research on his own to uncover many of the details of our department’s past.
It is clear that Frank’s passing has left a great void in our police department family and we are all mourning the loss.