The Wilkes-Barre City Police Department is saddened to announce the sudden passing of Sgt. Christopher Mortensen on December 27, 2021, after a long battle with COVID-19. After graduating from King’s College with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Sgt Mortensen graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Northeast Training Center and subsequently sworn in with the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department in April of 2002 and entered the Patrol division where he wore badge #625. Throughout his 19-year tenure, he served his community honorably in a multitude of positions. In 2007, he was assigned as K9 handler, working side-by-side with K9 Kroky. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned as a platoon supervisor. In 2017, Sgt. Mortensen accepted the position of Records Unit supervisor and has been instrumental in transitioning the department to a new records management system. In addition to these roles, Sgt. Mortensen also served as a K9 Unit Supervisor, Taser Instructor, Active Attack Integrated Response Instructor, and as a First Aid/ CPR Instructor.
Sgt. Mortensen leaves behind his wife Alicia, son Colin, and a cadre of brothers and sisters who will always remember him for knowledge, dedication, and professionalism.
Sgt. Mortensen never turned away anyone in need of help and would always go above and beyond to resolve any issue that would arise. The Wilkes-Barre City Police PBA is now asking for your help to defer the cost of Chris’ medical and funeral expenses. All donations will go directly to Sgt. Mortensen’s family. Any donation large or small will help the family tremendously. Even if you are unable to give, we ask that you keep Sgt. Mortensen and his family in your thoughts and prayers.