Hero Down: Dauphin County Probation Ofc. Allen Proper Dies In Motorcycle Crash
Adams Township, PA – Dauphin County Probation Officer Allen Proper died on May 7, following a single-vehicle motorcycle crash.
The 29-year-old probation officer was riding his 2012 Triumph motorcycle northbound on Route 235 near the Jack’s Mountain parking area on May 3, when he suddenly braked for an unknown reason, The Patriot-News reported.
The motorcycle went into a skid as a result of the abrupt attempt to stop, and slid on its right side across the pavement.
Probation Officer Proper was ejected from the bike during the crash.
The critically-injured probation officer was life-flighted to Geisinger Medical Center, The Patriot News reported.
He remained hospitalized until his death on May 7, according to his obituary.
"It is with the greatest of sadness that we learned of the heartbreaking loss of our colleague and friend, Probation Officer Allen Proper,” the Dauphin County Commissioners Office said in a joint statement to The Patriot News. “Allen passed away last evening with his family at his side. This is truly a great loss to our Probation Services Department.”
After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in criminal justice, Probation Officer Proper began working at the Lancaster County Prison as a corrections officer, according to his obituary.
He later joined the Dauphin County Probation Services Office, where he quickly established himself as a valuable member of the team.
"Allen will be deeply missed here, leaving behind now only fond memories we have of him,” the county commissioners told The Patriot News. “His positive outlook in life was most admirable, even contagious some would say. He always had a smile for everyone and was highly regarded by everyone who ever had the opportunity to meet him.”
Probation Services Director Chad Libby said that Probation Officer Proper consistently “treated everyone with respect and he always presented himself in a professional manner.”
"On behalf of all of us here at Probation Services, I have taken the liberty of sending out to his family, our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy,” Libby told The Patriot News. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone whose lives he touched.”
A procession of first responders escorted Probation Officer Proper’s body to a funeral home in New Cumberland on Saturday, WHP reported.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dauphin County Probation Officer Allen Proper, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.