Granddaughter of fallen Philadelphia police officer dons his badge number

Rose Bachmayer
Photo credit Kristen Johanson/KYW Newsradio
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The granddaughter of a fallen Philadelphia police officer graduated the city's Police Academy Friday — wearing the same badge number as her grandfather. 

Newly sworn-in Officer Rose Bachmayer proudly displayed her maternal grandfather's badge, No. 3669.

"I have always just felt a calling to be a police officer," said Bachmayer.

In 1985, Officer Thomas Trench was sitting in his patrol car at 17th and Spring Garden streets and filling out paperwork when a gunman came up and shot him in the face and neck, killing him.

"He died before I was born," Bachmayer recalled. "My mom said he was always big on community policing, and he would always come home and tell them stories about who he helped that day, and I just want to be able to do that and make sure I am making him proud."

Bachmayer graduated from Holy Family University last year with a degree in criminal justice. She then went straight into the Police Academy.

"Their sense of humor is alike," explained her mother, Annemarie Trench-Bachmayer. "They like people. When I asked Rose why she wanted to be a police officer, the first words out of her mouth were, 'I want to make a difference and I want to help people.' "

And her father, Philadelphia Police Inspector Francis Bachmayer, noted how proud he is of his daughter. 

"I am proud of my baby girl that she is carrying on the family tradition."