Trooper Mitchell passed away Feb 8, 2021 due to health complications while backing his car into a parking spot at work. He was 45 years old. Mitchell has spent the majority of his life serving his country and community not only as an officer of the law but also a soldier. Before becoming a state trooper he spent 28 years in the military.
At the age of 17, Monty enlisted as a Private, E1, in the United States Army Reserve with the 629th Transportation Company out of DuBois, PA as a Motor Transportation Operator. In February of 2003 to June 2004, he was deployed with the 629th Transportation Company in support of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom. Monty's second deployment supported Operation Iraqi Freedom from June 2006 to October 2007 with the 298th Transportation Company out of Franklin, PA.
During his military career he earned numerous commendations including a Combat Action Badge, two Bronze Stars, one Meritorious Service Medal, one Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, one Army Good Conduct Medal, nine Army Reserves Components Achievement Medals, one Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, one Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, one Iraq Campaign Medal, two Overseas Service Ribbons, and two Armed Forces Reserve Medals representing 20 years completed service. His most recent assignment had been as Platoon Sergeant with the 298th Transportation Company, Det 1 out of Clearfield
In November 2007 Trooper Mitchell enlisted in the PA State Police. He graduated from the 126th Cadet Class. At the time of his death he was assigned to Troop C, Dubois. He had previously been assigned to Troop G, Huntingdon as well as Troop C, Ridgway.
I say a special prayer for his family and friends that God reach out and heal their souls. May he RIP.