The Late Captain Elijah Massey To Be Honored With Horseback Funeral Procession on Monday


HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse and Police Chief Thomas C. Carter will speak at the funeral of Captain Elijah Massey that will be held at noon Sept. 22 at Bethel AME, 1721 N 5th St., Harrisburg.

Capt. Massey died Tuesday night.  He was 60 years old and spent 31 years with the Harrisburg Police Force before he retired last year. “Captain Massey was a stellar police officer who served the city well in his long career,” Mayor Papenfuse said.  “He will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his widow and family.”

Special services will be held at the church from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21; and visitation will be at the church from 10-noon Monday, Sept. 22.

Following the funeral, there will be a procession from the church to City Hall to allow Harrisburg Police officers to pay special tribute to the late captain. His casket will be carried in a horse-drawn carriage to the MLK Government Center, where bagpipes will play in his honor.

Captain Massey was an avid horseman.  The procession will include people on horseback from throughout the region and is expected to leave the church around 3 p.m. It will begin from Sixth Street to Commonwealth Avenue, on to Walnut Street, continuing to Front Street and stopping at City Hall.  The procession will return to the church after the brief ceremony at City Hall.

For more information about the event, contact Joyce M. Davis at 717 255 3015 or email

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