Thomas, Acosta offer condolence resolution for slain Philadelphia police officer (with video)
HARRISBURG – The state House of Representatives unanimously adopted a condolence resolution sponsored by Reps. W. Curtis Thomas and Leslie Acosta, both D-Phila., that honors the life and service of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson, who died in the line of duty in March.
Wilson, an 8-year veteran of the force, was at a North Philadelphia GameStop in March to buy his son a reward for his good grades when he was gunned down trying to stop a robbery.
"Despite being outgunned and outmanned, Officer Wilson quickly took action that day by drawing the gunmen's attention away from customers and employees still in the store. His quick thinking and heroic deeds surely saved innocent lives that day," Thomas said. "Officer Wilson was a credit to the Philadelphia Police Department and deserves to be recognized for his commitment to serve and protect our citizens."
For his valor, Officer Wilson was posthumously promoted to sergeant, and the department's Medal of Valor was renamed in his honor.
“We cannot let the unjust and cowardly acts that killed Officer Wilson diminish his accomplishments in life,” Acosta said. “He served as a role model to his children, a hero to his community and a friend to his colleagues. Officer Wilson died serving others, which is how he lived his life as well. We are all indebted to his courageous service.”
Officer Wilson's family and fellow Philadelphia police officers were also in attendance to commemorate his service and the valor he showed throughout his career. The family of Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker was also be in attendance. Walker, a 19-year veteran of the force, was gunned down in August 2012 while he was walking to the bus stop. Wilson and Walker worked with the 22nd District Philadelphia Police Department, which serves parts of both Thomas' and Acosta's districts.