October 16, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and State Inspector General Bruce Beemer today mourned the passing of longtime Pennsylvania prosecutor and victim advocate Laura Ditka, who passed suddenly yesterday. Governor Wolf ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex and throughout all public buildings and grounds throughout Allegheny County lowered to half-staff in her honor.
“Laura dedicated her life to public service and law enforcement and the commonwealth has lost one of its strongest fighters for justice,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Laura’s fearless pursuit of justice was matched only by her compassion for victims and their families. Frances and I extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues at the Office of Attorney General.”
“The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has lost one of its strongest child advocates,” said State Inspector General Beemer, a longtime friend and colleague of Ditka. “The majority of Laura’s career was focused on the prosecution of child abuse cases and her life centered around the protection of children and victims of abuse. Laura was the consummate public servant and may she forever serve as an example for others.”
Ditka was a long-time prosecutor in Pennsylvania, most recently serving as Chief Deputy Attorney General and previously spent 25 years at the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.
The Commonwealth flag shall continue to be lowered due to a previous order through sunset on the day of interment. The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute.