October 9, 2002: Boyertown Graduate Gunned Down by Washington Sniper


By Margaret Leidy Harner from her book One Day at a Time: A Social History of Boyertown, PA

October 9, 2002: A Boyertown man was gunned down by the Washington Sniper, who has been causing havoc in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas.

Dean Meyers, a 1967 Boyertown Area High School graduate, was heading home from his job in Virginia and had stopped at a local gas station to fill up the tank of his beloved 1966 Chevrolet Stingray Corvette, He was shot as he pumped gas.

A civil engineer living in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Meyers grew up in Obelisk, and after high school he ended up in Vietnam, where he was seriously wounded in a “search and destroy” mission. He recuperated at the Valley Forge Military Hospital.

Family and friends honored Meyers posthumously at a church in North Coventry and he was buried in Zieglersville.

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