Lans­dale po­lice re­ceive do­na­tion from lo­cal Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars post

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

The Lans­dale Po­lice Depart­ment has re­ceived a fi­nan­cial boost, thanks to a $ 5,000 do­na­tion from the Lans­dale Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars Post 32.

“We sure ap­pre­ci­ate all you guys do for us. These guys do so much to keep us safe, we thought we’d do some­thing for them,” VDLd 3RVW CRPPDndHr 6WDn Levin­sky.

The do­na­tion, which was made Tues­day, was col­lected from mem­ber­ship dues, VFW fundrais­ers and mem­ber con­tri­bu­tions, and is the sec­ond-largest do­na­tion the VFW post has made in re­cent weeks. A $2,000 check went to the Delaware Val­ley chap­ter of the Na­tional He­mophilia Foun­da­tion last month and the VFW post is also plan­ning a $1,000 do­na­tion to /DnVdDlH’V 2NWRbHrIHVW, Levin­sky said.

0HPbHrV PHHW DW 11 D.P. Rn WKH VHFRnd 6un­day of each month at the post head­quar­ters, lo­cated DW 805 W. 6HFRnd 6W., Dnd any area vet­er­ans are wel­come to at­tend and join as full mem­bers, while their fam­ily mem­bers or friends can join as so­cial mem­bers. Dues are $25 for reg­u­lar mem­bers and $10 for so­cial mem­bers.

“We have four Pearl Har- bor vet­er­ans and a few more from World War II and Korea, quite a few [vet­er­ans] from Viet­nam and now we’re re­cruit­ing Iraq and Afghanistan [vet­er­ans],” Levin­sky said.

The po­lice depart­ment dRHV nRW KDvH Dny VpHFL­fiF plans for the funds, but of­fiFHrV KDvH bHHn DVNHd WR sub­mit ideas to their sergeants for re­view, ac­cord­ing to po­lice Chief Robert 0FDyrH.

“The do­na­tion is be­ing made with of­fi­cer safety in mind, so we’re look­ing at all sort of dif­fer­ent ideas — things like raid vests, new equip­ment, ev­ery­one has ideas,” 0FDyrH VDLd.

Those ex­pen­di­tures would not need ap­proval from bor­ough coun­cil be­cause the do­na­tion was made di­rectly to the depart­ment, he said, but coun­cil’s pub­lic safety com­mit­tee will hear up­dates as those de­ci­sions are made.

Com­mit­tee ChairPDn 0LNH 6RbHl said Tues­day that he thought the do­na­tion was “fan­tas­tic; these guys need all the sup­port they can get, and it’s great to see a group from the community reach out to help them.”

Photo by GE­OFF PATTON

Stan Levin­sky, left, com­man­der of Lans­dale VFW Post 32, presents a check Tues­day in the amount of $5,000 on be­half of the post to the Lans­dale Po­lice Depart­ment. Ac­cept­ing for the depart­ment are, from left, Chief Robert McDyre, Mayor Andy Szekely, bor­ough coun­cil­man and pub­lic safety Com­mit­tee Chair­man Mike So­bel, and Of­fi­cers Ryan Devlin, Jeff Mallozzi and Matthew Er­bele.

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