McA­doo honors its po­lice force

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - BY JIM DINO STAFF WRITER

McA­DOO — On Wed­nes­day, po­lice of­fi­cers across the coun­try were hon­ored for their ser­vice on Na­tional Law En­force­ment Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day.

Cit­i­zens were asked to wear blue cloth­ing in sup­port of law en­force­ment.

McA­doo Mayor Dane Wa­tro gave the bor­ough’s po­lice of­fi­cers some recog­ni­tion.

At Tues­day night’s bor­ough coun­cil meet­ing, Wa­tro pre­sented the po­lice depart­ment with a procla­ma­tion.

“There are a lot of good things hap­pen­ing with our po­lice depart­ment here, and a lot of things to be thank­ful for,” Wa­tro said. “When I was de­vel­op­ing this procla­ma­tion, I learned in 2017, 129 law en­force­ment of­fi­cers were killed in the line of duty. That is a lot.”

The procla­ma­tion read, in part, “Each loss of a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer is not only heart­break­ing, but a cry for peace and a prayer for the men and women in uni­form who pro­tect our com­mu­ni­ties on a daily ba­sis.”

In the procla­ma­tion, Wa­tro said of­fi­cers of the McA­doo Po­lice Depart­ment “show ex­treme brav­ery as they do not hes­i­tate to risk their own lives to save the lives of oth­ers while pro­tect­ing our fam­i­lies, cit­i­zens and busi­nesses.”

He also said of­fi­cers ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity about the im­por­tance of pub­lic safety, and rec­og­nized them for their con­tin­ued train­ing.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts and sac­ri­fices made by of­fi­cers and their fam­ily mem­bers on a daily ba­sis in or­der to pro­tect our schools, work­places, road­ways and homes,” the procla­ma­tion read.

Wa­tro also asked bor­ough res­i­dents to show kind­ness and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to of­fi­cers, be­cause it pro­vides “needed en­cour­age­ment and sup­port to the po­lice depart­ment as they con­front the dan­ger­ous and cer­tain sit­u­a­tions on duty ev­ery day. I en­cour­age all cit­i­zens of McA­doo to take time out of their day to say thank you, and show McA­doo Po­lice Depart­ment and their fam­i­lies how much they value their ser­vice and pro­tec­tion to our bor­ough, state and coun­try.”

Wa­tro also sin­gled out Of­fi­cer Wil­liam Curilla, a nine- year vet­eran of the depart­ment, for a re­cent traf­fic stop he made.

“The woman who he stopped called me and said she could not be­lieve the pro­fes­sion­al­ism about what the vi­o­la­tion was, how cour­te­ous he was, and the lead­er­ship he dis­played about ev­ery­body’s safety,” Wa­tro said. “You con­ducted your­self in a very pro­fes­sional man­ner. It is not the first time, Of­fi­cer Curilla, that I had a phone call about you, your man­ner­ism, your lead­er­ship, the way you dis­played your­self. Phone calls don’t come like this of­ten.”

Wa­tro also noted Of­fi­cer Fred La­hovski, the lat­est ad­di­tion to the ranks in the po­lice depart­ment, was sim­i­larly re­cently cited. con­tact the writer: [email protected] stan­dard­speaker. com; 570- 501- 3585

JIM DINO / STAFF PHOTO

McA­doo Mayor Dane Wa­tro, cen­ter, presents a procla­ma­tion to McA­doo Po­lice Chief Jeff Wain­wright, left, in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the depart­ment on Na­tional Law En­force­ment Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day, which was cel­e­brated Wed­nes­day. At right is Of­fi­cer Wil­liam Curilla, who re­ceived a let­ter from the mayor prais­ing his “pro­fes­sion­al­ism” dur­ing a re­cent traf­fic stop.

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