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‘Filled With Compassion’

Police Memorial held honoring Erie County Probation Officer Colten ‘Colt’ Brown

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry A bagpiper from Northstar Lodge #241 plays Amazing Grace Saturday at Oakland Cemetery during the Police Memorial and Masonic Service for Warren County native and Erie County Probation Officer Colten Brown.

“He was filled with compassion… gleaming with inspiration.”

“Our brother would do anything to help you.”

A Police Memorial honoring Erie County Probation Officer Colten ‘Colt’ Brown was held Saturday morning at Oakland Cemetery.

Brown, a Warren County native, died Jan. 6, 2021, of complications about three weeks after contracting COVID-19. He was 24.

Brown was laid to rest and a funeral service was held on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry A City of Warren Police Officer salutes Saturday morning as the police procession honoring Warren County native and Erie County Probation Officer Colten Brown turns onto the Veterans Memorial Bridge at Hickory Street from Pennsylvania Avenue.

Warren County Sheriff Brian Zeybel, who worked with Brown’s brother, Cody, for years in the Warren County District Attorney’s Office, said he wanted to provide Colt with a “proper law enforcement send-off.”

He worked with officers and departments in Erie and Warren county to make the proper arrangements.

The Police Memorial included a procession of about 20 marked vehicles from many departments in the two counties and many other vehicles, carrying family, friends, and unmarked law enforcement vehicles.

The procession started at Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, passed through Warren, to the grave-site at Oakland Cemetery.

Police vehicles, with their emergency lights on, encircled the service.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Law enforcement officers from Warren and Erie counties salute Saturday morning at Oakland Cemetery during the Police Memorial for Warren County native and Erie County Probation Officer Colten Brown.

The officers in attendance, more than 40 of them, stood in the snow, masked and socially distanced, through the ceremony.

Representatives of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Warren County District Attorney’s Office, Warren County Adult Probation, Warren County jail, Warren County Public Safety, City of Warren Police, Conewango Township Police, Youngsville Borough Police, Erie County Probation, Erie City Police, Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Erie County Detectives, and Pennsylvania State Police were in attendance.

A Pennsylvania State Police helicopter conducted a fly-over of the ceremony.

The Masonic Service included Northstar Lodge #241, Stillwater Lodge, Joe Warren Lodge, as well as others.

“Our departed brother Colt was a true shepherd of men,” Zeybel said. “He loved his family, his friends, and his job.”

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Warren County Sheriff Brian Zeybel speaks Saturday morning at Oakland Cemetery during during the Police Memorial for Warren County native and Erie County Probation Officer Colten Brown.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Law enforcement officers from Warren and Erie counties salute Saturday morning at Oakland Cemetery during the Police Memorial for Warren County native and Erie County Probation Officer Colten Brown.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Law enforcement officers from Warren and Erie counties stand at rest Saturday morning at Oakland Cemetery during the Police Memorial for Warren County native and Erie County Probation Officer Colten Brown.

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