Sa­lut­ing the vet­er­ans in Nor­ris­town PD

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Cap­tain Rich Clowser, Deputy Chief of Po­lice, Com­mand Sergeant Ma­jor (USAR) For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Be­ing that it is Vet­eran’s Day it seems only ap­pro­pri­ate that we take this time to thank and rec­og­nize our Vet­er­ans within the ranks of the Nor­ris­town Po­lice Depart­ment.

We are proud to rec­og­nize 30 mem­bers of the depart­ment that have or con­tinue to serve our great county. There are many things that make these in­di­vid­u­als so spe­cial. All of them not only swore an oath to “sup­port and de­fend the Con­sti­tu­tion of the United States” in ser­vice to our Coun­try but have also sworn to do the same as pub­lic ser­vants to the com­mu­nity. Ser­vice is en­grained in their strong char­ac­ter as well as other traits of duty and re­spect. Such mot­tos as “This We’ll De­fend” (Army) and the Marines “Sem­per Fi” (Al­ways Faith­ful) speak to their for­ti­tude and de­ter­mi­na­tion to be part of a win­ning team.

They em­body pro­fes­sion­al­ism in ev­ery­thing they do through­out their lives. Step­ping up to wear not one but two dif­fer­ent uni­forms that rep­re­sent pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Pro­fes­sion­al­ism to do the right thing all of the time and treat ev­ery­one with dig­nity and re­spect. To lead in pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tions. To train like your life de­pended on it, be­cause it is not only your life that mat­ters, but the lives of those that you serve as well. Whether a mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­ber or a po­lice

of­fi­cer, there is rarely room for mis­takes, as some­one else’s life could be in jeop­ardy.

There are sac­ri­fices that must be rec­og­nized as well. Many Vet­er­ans have sac­ri­ficed time. Time that they will never get back, pro­tect­ing us from evil and ha­tred. Away from their fam­i­lies and loved ones for some­times months or years. Liv­ing in aus­tere en­vi­ron­ments and mak­ing the best of what they have avail­able to main­tain their well be­ing. Their fam­i­lies of­ten left with­out that miss­ing piece for pro­longed pe­ri­ods of time, hav­ing to do dou­ble duty them­selves to fill a void. As po­lice of­fi­cers they con­tinue to sac­ri­fice time away from their fam­i­lies. Those overnight shifts while you may be lay­ing safely in bed, there is the po­lice of­fi­cer keep­ing the com­mu­nity safe. Those hol­i­days or week­ends when you are en­joy­ing an ac­tiv­ity or per­haps a cel­e­bra­tion of some sorts, there are po­lice of­fi­cers keep­ing the com­mu­nity safe. Of­fi­cers like many first re­spon­ders of­ten sac­ri­fice be­ing at their kids sport­ing events, con­certs, of­ten miss birth­day par­ties and other spe­cial fam­ily events. This is a sac­ri­fice that their fam­i­lies en­dure as well and goes un­rec­og­nized. All for the ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

This isn’t meant to make any­one feel bad for our of­fi­cers or to come across as com­plain­ing. It is more to put in to per­spec­tive what they do and to ex­press the grat­i­tude not only for their mil­i­tary ser­vice on Vet­eran’s Day but rec­og­nize how they con­tinue their self­less ser­vice as pub­lic ser­vants to the com­mu­nity.

So THANK YOU! Vet­er­ans of the Nor­ris­town Po­lice Depart­ment that con­tinue to serve Nor­ris­town - James An­gelucci, Jay Ben­son, Joey Bianchi­mano, Brian Boyer, Dar­ren Buck­wal­ter, Rich Clowser, Gerry DelGrosso, Dan DeOrzio, Chuck Deard­off, Chuck Dou­glass, Sha­lako Dra­bin­sky, John Eisen­hart, Ray Em­rich, Jimmy Fay, By­ron Fer­gu­son, Lou Geiser, Brian Gra­ham, Howard Gray, Ja­son Hoover, Wil­liam Kane, Bill Klinger, John Kramer, Robert Lang­don, Chris Le­feb­vre, Matt O’Con­nell, Sa­man­tha O’Neill, Ed Rambo, Carl Robin­son Jr., Mike Ro­mano, and Dave Stow­ell.

And THANK YOU to all of the Vet­eran’s out there on this day for the ser­vice and sac­ri­fices that you have en­dured for our Coun­try. For ques­tions or con­cerns, please con­tact Cap­tain Rich Clowser at rclowser@nor­ris­town. org or 610.270.0496. To re­port an anony­mous tip, con­tact the anony­mous crime tip line at 610-278TIPS (8477) orNPDTips@ nor­ris­town.org.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST FILE PHOTO

The Joint Armed Forces Color Guard present the colors at a Vet­er­ans’ Day ser­vice in this DFM file photo.

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