For­mer po­lice chief at a loss for words af­ter bridge ded­i­ca­tion

North Penn Life - - Opinion - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

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.”

Three state leg­is­la­tors MRLnHG tRwnVhLS RI­fiFLDOV, sev­eral Mont­gomery TownVhLS SROLFH RI­fiFHUV DnG Brady’s fam­ily at the ded­i­ca­tion of the Chief Richard J. Brady Bridge.

“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.

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