Montgomery County Deputy/Marine Veteran Loses 2 Children in House Fire

By Faye Higbee

Montgomery County Deputy Bryan Luken, and his wife Tracy and children were home at around 0530 a.m. on December 13, when a fire ripped through their home in Schwenksville, PA. Their two boys, Bryan Jr., 11, and Parker, 6 were killed in the fire. Bryan, Tracy, and their 9 year old daughter Soffia were treated for burns and released. It will be a long road through grief for this family.

When fire fighters arrived at the scene, they found three people outside the home. The father was airlifted from the scene and taken to the burn unit at Lehigh Valley hospital. The mother and daughter were taken to Pottstown Hospital.

The other two children were found deceased on the second floor.

“I can’t imagine losing one child, let alone two and knowing you did everything you could to save them. I don’t know how they move on. We as a community have to rally around them.” family friend Kyle Boelter

The Fire Marshal stated that the fire started from a faulty extension cord that was plugged into a space heater in the porch area of the two story home.

The two boys had attended Schwenksville Elementary School. A makeshift memorial began to grow on the security fence at the house even while the investigation was ongoing. The school, the neighborhood, are stunned at the family’s loss of their two children.

“Very energetic, always doing something, always at the basketballs courts and everything, boys were always out playing.” Neighbor

Deputy Bryan Luken is a US Marine, an Iraq Veteran, having served multiple tours of duty there. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. In 2012 he was hired at the Whitemarsh police department and attended the local Police Academy. He became a Montgomery County Deputy in May, 2014.

The outpouring of support for this deputy and his family has been amazing, as a GoFundme campaign started on Wednesday has reached over $300K in just over 3 days. Bryan, Tracy, and Soffia are staying with friends at this time.

Semper Fi, Marine. Never ever give up. Your family will need you now more than ever.


Featured photo: screenshot from news footage