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Sellersville honors officers for work on murder investigation

CHRIS RUVO



Members of the Perkasie Police Department were honored by Sellersville Borough Council for their role in the murder investigation that ensued following the slaying of 62-year-old Sellersville Borough resident Faith Price last September.

Sellersville Borough Council honored five police officers on Monday for their role in a harrowing murder investigation that ensued following the brutal slaying of a 62-year-old borough woman last September.

Detective Sgt. Russell A. Closs Jr. and Detective Eric D. Richter earned Merit Awards, while Sgt. Alec F. Sprouse, Officer Seth T. Mumbauer and Officer Ryan M. Richardson received commendation awards.

The officers work for the Perkasie Police Department, which patrols Perkasie and Sellersville.

The Merit Award is given for outstanding performance of duty under unusual or difficult conditions, actions constituting exceptional thoroughness or initiative, or the performance of meritorious action, said Police Chief Steven F. Hillias.

The Commendation Award goes to officers who contribute efficient and valuable service in the performance of duty, the chief said.

In early September last year, Damien Walker, 35, of Sellersville murdered his neighbor, Faith Price, 62, during a vicious methamphetamine-fueled attack. Price died of blunt force trauma and asphyxia.

On September, possibly a day or two after the actual slaying, Walker went to the Norristown Police Department and disclosed what he had done.

From there ensued an investigation involving Perkasie Police, Bucks County Detectives, and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.

“As a cohesive unit, their professionalism helped to build a thorough case against Damien Walker,” Hillias said.

The case concluded last month when Walker pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Bucks County Court. Judge Rea Boylan accepted the negotiated plea and imposed a sentence of life without parole. Bucks County Deputy District Attorneys Christopher W. Rees and Matthew S. Lannetti prosecuted Walker.

“Faith Price had no family and very few friends,” Hillias said. “There were no civilians to advocate in support of justice for Faith Price. The (Perkasie) officers, county detectives and deputy district attorneys joined together to make sure that justice was done for the senseless murder of Faith Price.”

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