County Deputy Sheriff Bart Hennessy of Richland remembered fondly

Friday, August 9, 2019 | 10:38 PM


Allegheny County Deputy Sheriff Bart Hennessy is being remembered by colleagues as a skilled law enforcement officer and “an even better person.”

District Attorney Stephen Zappala posted his sympathies online Friday to Hennessy’s family after the longtime sheriff passed away Tuesday at the age of 59.

“He will be greatly missed in our community,” Zappala tweeted.

County police Superintendent Coleman McDonough echoed the sentiment, saying “Bart Hennessy was a great cop, a great father, a great man.”

“He will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues,” McDonough said.

The county sheriff’s office, where Hennessy worked for more than three decades, tweeted their condolences and said the department is incredibly saddened at the loss.

“The seriousness with which Bart managed his work was converse to the lighthearted way he approached his life and the people privileged to know him throughout the years,” the tweet read.

It characterized Hennessy as having an easy-going sense of humor and said he usually had a smile on his face and a funny story to share.

The statement recalled the excitement and joy he had in being a grandpa.

After joining the sheriff’s department in 1986, Hennessy worked in the Investigations Division and spent most of his career as a task force member of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

“Bart was recipient of numerous commendations and recognitions for his efforts in the apprehension of wanted homicide suspects and violent gang members, as well as drug and firearm traffickers,” according to the department.

“He was committed to reducing firearm violence through a variety of law enforcement efforts to which he was assigned.”

Hennessy twice received Law Enforcement Agency Director’s Award for his work in the investigation and prosecution of a “highly violent, local street gang and his probe into the trafficking of the firearm used to kill Lower Burrell Police Officer Derek Kotecki.”

Officials said he was highly regarded within the regional law enforcement community, and at the federal, state and local levels.

Hennessy retired from duty last October .

He was a resident of Richland Township and is survived by his wife, Nancy, and sons Shane, Ian and Conor.

A funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia.