Former police chief at a loss for words after bridge dedication
rsually quick with a witty response or improvised comments, Richard Brady could not adequately express his appreciation Nov. 2.
The feeling of having his name attached to a bridge on the Route 202 markway, which is scheduled to open next month, left him speechless.
“I’m at a loss for words,” said Brady, former chief of the Montgomery Township molice Department. “This is pretty hard to accept and diffiFuOt tR FRnVtUuH.”
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“This is a very great honor,” said Brady, standing on the edge of the bridge, which carries the highway over Route 309. “sery few people get this kind of honor while they are still alive.”
Green signs will be placed at either side of the bridge identifying the designation, according to Charles Metzger, a community relations coordinator for the mennsylvania Department of Transportation.
“Those signs are not for target practice,” said Brady, looking at several members of the department he led for 30 years.
Brady, who retired from the department in July after 42 years of service, called the designation unexpected.
“I wasn’t sure how to react when they told me,” he said after the ceremony. “I’m still not sure what to think about this.”
Deciding to honor the former chief by dedicating the bridge to him was an easy choice, according to Candyce Fluehr Chimera, chair of the township’s board of supervisors.
“He was just awesome,” said Chimera of Brady, who joined the police department in 1970. “He gave us every- thing he had for 42 years. He watched over us, and managed out growth. He made us very proud.”
Brady’s leadership was instrumental in the police department’s expansion and technological upgrades, said state Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-12, in a statement.
Greenleaf called Brady “a special person and a nice guy.”
State Rep. Todd Stephens, R-151, said it has been a privilege working with BUDGy, fiUVt DV D SURVHFutRU and now was a legislator.
“iately, you have counseled me on mennDOT issues,” Stephens told Brady during the ceremony. “vou have always been right. It is our privilege to do this for you.”
iess than four months into retirement, Brady says he remains as busy as ever. He currently serves on several county, state and federal boards and commissions.
Recently, Brady said he rode his motorcycle to Nova Scotia in Canada.