- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Neighboring police departments and state police have taken over patrols in Scranton for the city’s officers to attend services for a patrolman who died from a fall while chasing robbery suspects.

The Times-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1gDmVhl ) officers from other departments in Lackawanna County were responding to Scranton emergency calls for three hours Thursday during Patrolman John Wilding’s wake.

State troopers will take over during the 29-year-old Wilding’s wake Friday while officers from neighboring communities handle traffic control.

Wilding jumped a fence and fell 15 feet while chasing three 17-year-old suspects early Saturday. The teens have been charged with robbery, weapons possession and terroristic threats.

Wilding leaves behind a wife and children ages 3 and 7. He’s the first Scranton officer to die in the line of duty since Sgt. James Sable in 1986.

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/

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