Andrew Rameas, 33, formerly of Waynesburg, died from injuries he suffered in the accident on Farm Road in southeastern Killeen after the motorcycle he was riding struck a sport utility vehicle. Killeen spokeswoman Carroll Smith said Rameas was off duty from his job as a police officer when he was bringing up the rear of the procession on Farm Road in southeastern Killeen when the SUV turned in front of him.
He was flown by medical helicopter to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, where he was pronounced dead, according to wire reports.
“We knew that funeral escorts were something he did while off duty,” Rameas’s father, Peter Rameas of Waynesburg, said Wednesday. “He was always professional and he knew he had a job to do and he loved doing it.”
Andrew Rameas was employed as a police officer with the Harker Heights (Texas) Police Department and lived in nearby Killeen.
Peter Rameas said he and his wife, Janet Blair Rameas, were recently able to visit their son on a trip to Killeen.
“He had a steady girlfriend and, if given time, I think they would have gotten married,” Peter Rameas said.
Peter Rameas said that his son had a formal and professional exterior that was undercut by a dry sense of humor.
Prior to serving as a patrolman with the Harker Heights police, Andrew Rameas had worked as a police officer for the Carmichaels Borough, PA and North Belle Vernon Borough, PA police departments.
He also was a former deputy sheriff with the Greene County, PA Sheriff’s Department, had served as a federal police officer at Fort Hood, Texas, and worked in the Veterans Administration Hospital system in Pittsburgh, PA.
Andrew Rameas was a 1996 graduate of Waynesburg Central High School and a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania Municipal Police Academy. He also was a trained accident investigator.
Additionally, he was an Iraq War veteran who served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve, 363rd Military Police Combat Support.
Behm Funeral Homes in Waynesburg is handling funeral arrangements.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, located at 303 W. High St. in Waynesburg, with Dr. Stewart Johnson, Rev. Paul Salosky Jr., and Rev. Scott Blair officiating. The service will be followed by interment at Greene County Memorial Park with graveside military rites by the U.S. Army.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Western Pennsylvania Search and Rescue Development, P.O. Box 17182, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.