Salesianum School Mourns Loss Of New Castle County Officer, 1985 Graduate


The Salesianum community is saddened to hear of the tragic loss of New Castle County Police Officer Joseph L. Szczerba '85, who fell in the line of duty the morning of Friday, Sept. 16.


Salesianum students, faculty and staff will gather in front of the school at 2 p.m. on Friday as the American flag is set to half-staff in observance of Joseph's passing.


Joseph was remembered by classmate Dan Kegelman '85, a mathematics teacher at Salesianum, as someone who was "genuine" and nice to everyone. A four-year football player at Salesianum, Joseph earned Second Team All-State honors in his senior year while playing offensive guard.


"He was a hardnosed player, who worked extremely hard and got the most out of his talent," said former Salesianum Football Coach Jim Brazill, who was an assistant during Joseph's playing days. "He played up to the name that had been set forth by his brothers."


The Szczerba family is deeply rooted in school history. Joseph's brothers, Edward '73 and Peter '81, preceded him at Salesianum. Four of his nephews – Edward '00, Philip '02 and Andrew Szczerba '07; and Jacob Anderson ’08 – are also graduates. Joseph's sister-in-law, Florence Szczerba, works at Salesianum as its receptionist.


Joseph is also survived by his wife Kathy, brothers Gerald and Stephen, and sisters Nancy and Karen.


"The prayers of the entire Salesianum community are with the Szczerba family and the law enforcement community as we mourn the loss of Joseph, a proud member of the Salesianum Class of 1985," Salesianum President Brendan Kennealey '94 said. "We know Joe has gone home to the Heavenly Father and he is watching over us just as he did as a husband and police officer."


Salesianum School is a Roman Catholic independent secondary school that teaches young men to Live Jesus, guided by the spirituality of Saint Francis de Sales, through a college preparatory education, enabling them to take their place in the world as Salesian gentlemen.