Troopers Sisca, Mack Donated Gifts of Life to Others

Local signs (at top and below) continue to demonstrate western Montgomery County’s love and respect for Troopers Branden Sisca and Martin Mack

PHILADELPHIA PA – Gifts of life donated by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers Branden Sisca and Martin Mack III, who died in a line-of-duty emergency last week in Philadelphia, are helping to ensure healthy futures for donated organ recipients they will never meet, WGAL-TV (Channel 8 in Lancaster) reported.

Troopers Sisca, Mack Donated Gifts of Life to Others

In a news interview by WGAL Reporter Barbara Barr on Thursday (March 24, 2022) with Pennsylvania Gift of Life Donor Program President and CEO Rick Hasz, he explained both troopers had given advance consent to donate organs, tissues and other life-giving materials to others. “It really just highlights their kindness, their service,” Hasz said of the fallen officers.

Sisca, who also was chief of the Trappe Fire Company, and Mack, a fellow trooper of the Troop K Barracks in Philadelphia, were killed March 21 on Interstate 95 near the city’s sports complexes by an allegedly intoxicated and speeding driver. A pedestrian whom they were helping also was killed.

Funeral services for them are scheduled in coming days: for Sisca, on Saturday (April 2) at noon in Perkiomen Valley High School; for Mack, on Thursday (March 31) in Tullytown PA.

Troopers Sisca, Mack Donated Gifts of Life to Others

Gift of Life estimates organ donations can save up to eight lives. Tissue donations can additionally benefit 75 or more people. “It’s an amazing gift. It truly is,” Hasz said. However, demand far exceeds donations, and he’s hopeful the troopers’ generosity will not only comfort their families but also inspire donations from others.

Anyone can decide to be a donor, according to the state Department of Health, although those age 18 and younger must have permission to do so authorized by parents or guardians. More information is available online, here.

Photos by Ted Hodgins for the Perkiomen Township Fire Company, used with permission