Delaware Says Goodbye To Captain Stephen Misetic

Captain Stephen Misetic / WPD
Captain Stephen Misetic / WPD

Wilmington – This morning,  family, friends and members of the public will say goodbye to Wilmington Police Captain Stephen R. Misetic.  A memorial service will be held Today, Friday, March 9, in Wilmington Hall at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. The viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., and the Captain’s Memorial Service will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will be private.

Misetic, 45, suffered a heart attack on Saturday morning at his home while getting ready for work. The 21-year veteran of the department and the commander of the Drugs, Organized Crime and Vice Unit is survived by his wife, Colleen, and his 14-year-old twin daughters, Stephanie and Cassie.

In memory of Captain Misetic, the Wilmington Department of Police has set up “The Stephen R. Misetic Memorial Fund” to support the family’s immediate and future needs. If lieu of flowers, anyone who wishes to make a donation into the fund may do so by visiting any local WSFS bank institution.

Mike Purzycki and Chief Robert Tracy have asked the community to keep Captain Misetic’s family and members of the Wilmington Department of Police in their thoughts and prayers as they mourn his passing. On the Mayor’s directive, City government flags throughout Wilmington will be flown at half-mast through today to honor Captain Misetic and to celebrate his years of dedicated service to the citizens of Wilmington and to the law enforcement community.

Traffic Advisory

The Wilmington Department of Police and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) are advising motorists to expect travel delays throughout the morning and early afternoon hours of today, Friday, March 9, 2018, due to the funeral services.

At approximately 6:30 am, motorists can expect travel delays on the northbound lanes of I-95 between the Christiana Mall and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Motorists can expect this traffic delay for approximately one hour as a funeral procession consisting of numerous emergency vehicles make their way to the Chase Center on the Riverfront from the Christiana Mall parking lot.

In addition, motorists who are travelingl in the northbound lanes of Route 13, into the City Wilmington, may experience travel delays beginning at approximately 6:45 am, which may last for approximately 45 minutes, as additional emergency vehicles make their way to the Chase Cetner on the Riverfront.

At approximately 7:45 am, motorists should expect delays beginning in the 1900 block of Delaware Avenue, N. Union Street, east on Lancaster Avenue, then south on S. Madison Street to the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

Finally, at the conclusion of the memorial service the funeral procession will depart the Chase Center on the Riverfront at approximately 12:30 pm.

Expect heavy travel delays in and around the Riverfront, Wilmington Blvd, and Martin Luther King Blvd, as the procession will make their way on to I-95, northbound, into the state of Pennsylvania.


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