Murrysville police officer assigned to Franklin Regional schools retires

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The longtime Murrysville police officer assigned to the Franklin Regional School District retired this week, nearly a month after the knife attack at the high school that left 20 students and a security guard injured.

Police Chief Thomas Seefeld confirmed William “Buzz” Yakshe, 59, of Murrysville, the district’s specially training school resource officer since 2004, retired Wednesday. He served 20 years on the force. He could not be reached for comment.

The officer known as “Officer Buzz” worked at all five Franklin Regional schools daily and, among his duties, helped to establish security procedures and assist administrators with issues such as runaways, truancy, delinquency and alcohol and drug problems.

Officer Yakshe had taken some time off after the April 9 stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional High School, the chief has said. He handcuffed the suspect, sophomore Alex Hribal, 16, who remains at the Westmoreland County juvenile detention center charged as an adult with 21 counts of attempted homicide and related crimes.

The chief said Murrysville police officers have rotated in the schools every day since the students returned.

In related news, two students injured in the attack remain in fair condition at Forbes Hospital: Connor Warwick, 16, and Greg Keener, 15, who was moved back to the intensive-care unit Sunday for monitoring.

Molly Born: or 412-263-1944.

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