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Sheriff's Office Receives Gifts Of Appreciation October 24, 2018

The Chester County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) recently received a delivery of food as part of the Cookies for a Cop initiative to express appreciation for members of law enforcement.

On Oct. 16, volunteers Debi Raughley and her husband, David, delivered multiple boxes of homemade cookies, pretzels, and dog treats to the CCSO. In Chester County, Raughley and her group planned to serve 30 police and fire agencies during this year's campaign, which took place from Oct. 15 to 19. If the first responders groups include any four-legged officers, they received treats as well.

The annual Fall Back on Us campaign requires months of planning, including calls to the various offices to get a head count so that no one is left out. Raughley said a group of approximately 30 bakers lent their talents to creating this year's bounty. In 2016, Cookies for a Cop's name was changed to Cookies for a Cop and Our Fire Friends, and Raughley expanded the local program to include firefighters.

Like many of the bakers, Raughley has strong ties to first responders. Her son is a third-generation law enforcement officer who is also married to a police officer.

For more information on the Cookies for a Cop program, readers may contact its founder, Becky Grizovic, at or visit The 2018 schedule includes deliveries to more than 700 departments in 26 states and two countries.


Police Department Receives Award October 17, 2018

Bell Socialization Services Inc. has recognized the Northern York Regional Police Department as the recipient of the Pauline Whitacre Community Services Award. Presented to an individual or group that provides time and resources to enhance Bell's mental health programs, the award was received at Bell's fall annual meeting on Oct. 2 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in York.

The Northern York Regional Police Department has worked with Bell's assertive community treatment (ACT) team on many occasions over the past year, meeting staff members at client homes, parking lots, and stores to help coordinate the safety of mental health clients. Bell recognized the officers for exhibiting compassion and understanding when clients displayed extreme psychotic behaviors and for working collaboratively with staff members and respectfully with clients at all times. ACT program coordinator Christine Adkins nominated the police department for the award. Deputy Chief of Police Dave Lash and Lt. Gregg Anderson accepted the award.

Bell Socialization Services Inc. is a human services agency based in York that provides housing and living skills supports to individuals living with mental illness, people with intellectual disabilities, and families that are homeless.


Drug Take-Back Collection Posted October 16, 2018

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, and the New Holland Police Department will provide a collection site on the 15th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, Oct. 27. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of the public may bring expired, unwanted or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to the collection site on the campus of the retirement community for secure disposal.

The event is free and completely anonymous. Participants may remove personal information from drug bottles or packages. Pills, capsules, creams and liquids will be accepted, but syringes or sharps will not.

A law enforcement officer will be present during the collection. Signs will be posted on campus to direct the public to the collection site.

For more information, call Colleen Musselman at 717-355-6007 or Chief of Police William Leighty at 717-354-4647.


Deputies Complete Fitness Test October 16, 2018

An uncommon sight greeted early-bird commuters in downtown West Chester on Oct. 10: more than a dozen deputy sheriffs on the run. Receiving some illumination from a Sheriff's Office truck with its lights flashing, the group was in the final stage of the 2018 Superior Fitness Challenge. The challenge began at 5 a.m. with 100 push-ups followed by 100 sit-ups. Afterward, the deputies donned 30 pounds of equipment, including large shields, before they each dragged a 150-pound dummy up and down a long hallway, jumped over a 5.5-foot wall, carried a battering ram about a block, and then ascended and descended a nine-story staircase while wearing weighted vests.

The ordeal preceded a five-minute break. By 6:45 a.m., the deputies started the finale, a 2.5-mile formation run around the borough of West Chester. As drivers and pedestrians watched, the deputies braved several inclines, offering each other encouragement in the process.

Cpl. Joseph Woulfe, the fitness coordinator who oversees the challenge, said the routine was created by Chief Deputy Sheriff Jason Suydam. Initially, it represented the first step in the application process to join the Fugitive Apprehension Unit before it was opened up to all deputies.

Woulfe explained that the test accomplishes more than just an assessment of physical prowess. It also measures teamwork, dedication, and determination, qualities that come in handy when deputies attempt to apprehend fleeing suspects or respond quickly to someone in distress.

The instructors - Woulfe, Deputy Sheriff Steven Price, Deputy Sheriff Enrique Garcia, and Cpl. Daniel Strathy - took the test a week earlier so that they could oversee this year's challenge and assist with traffic control during the run.

Deputies who successfully complete the challenge receive pins to wear on their uniforms. In addition to the four instructors, the 2018 Superior Fitness Challenge pin recipients are Deputy Sheriff Joel Buccialia, Deputy Sheriff Michael Cabry, Deputy Sheriff Mario Dioguardi, Deputy Sheriff Peter Gardner, Deputy Sheriff Sean Marasco, Deputy Sheriff Christian Medina, and Security Officer Manuel "Manny" Morris.


HUMC Slates Two-Part Community Fall Fest October 13, 2018

On Friday, Oct. 26, Hempfield United Methodist Church (HUMC), 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, will host the Community Fall Fest. The free event, which is open to the public, will feature two main components.

A Cops and Rodders "Trunk or Treat" car show will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Hosted in cooperation with the East Hempfield Township Police Department, the event will be held in the rear parking lots of the church.

The Hempfield Cops and Rodders Car Show began in 2011 as a fundraiser for what was then the newly formed East Hempfield Township Police Department K-9 unit. Over the years, the event has grown, and funds raised from the show benefit various local nonprofit organizations. In 2016, a Trunk or Treat car show was launched as an outgrowth of the original show. Car owners do not need to register their vehicles for this event. Cars are not judged, and there are no sponsorships or trophies awarded. The only requirement for those who display vehicles at this event is that they also bring new, individually wrapped candy to give out to those who visit.

Last year, an estimated 150 vehicles participated in the Trunk or Treat event, maxing out the space. As a result, the event has found a new home at Hempfield UMC.

The Trunk or Treat is primarily geared toward families with children up to 12 years old, but people of all ages are welcome to enjoy the vehicles that will be displayed. Trunk-or-Treaters are encouraged to come in costume but are asked to refrain from violence-themed outfits or costumes that include weapons.

The second part of the Community Fall Fest will kick off in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. East Hempfield Police officer Jason Skiles will briefly share a few trick-or-treat safety tips with attendees. Then, Jesse Rothacker of Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary will present a reptile show.

Rothacker has performed more than 2,000 animal shows for audiences of all ages. In addition to founding the sanctuary and serving as its president, Rothacker is a founder and board member of the Lancaster Herpetological Society. He appears regularly on local television and radio stations. Rothacker's program has been featured at the Pennsylvania governor's mansion, for the U.S. Congress, with Jay Leno, and at many other venues of all sizes. Folks may learn more about his work at

For more information about the Community Fall Fest, readers may call the church at 717-285-5156, visit, or follow the church on Facebook and Twitter by searching for "Hempfield UMC."


Sheriff's Office Receives AEDs October 10, 2018

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has acquired 21 automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The AEDs were donated to the Sheriff's Office by Penn Medicine - Lancaster General Health and will be deployed throughout the Sheriff's Office's vehicle fleet.

In addition, the Sheriff's Office has also been supplied with naloxone by the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office. Naloxone will be in each Sheriff's Office vehicle as well. These tools will enable deputies to respond to medical emergencies and potentially save lives in advance of the arrival of responding emergency medical personnel.


Welsh Featured In Calendar October 9, 2018

Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh was included in the Softie Cops 2019 calendar, an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse (NLECAA) and the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals (NCOVAA).

Welsh, a lifelong animal advocate, serves as national co-chair of NCOVAA. She is also on the advisory board of NLECAA. The shared mission of both organizations is to provide resources aimed at preventing animal cruelty. Welsh explained that the organizations work with sheriff's offices, police departments and all law enforcement agencies throughout the country.

The agencies hope that the pairing of some of the nation's top law enforcers with animals in need will encourage others to go above and beyond to protect animals. Welsh said the dogs and cats used in the calendar were all rescues, many of which were adopted as a result of the promotion.

Welsh was teamed with Dante, a dog whose vision was impaired by cataracts. They are featured on the March page of the calendar.

For more information on the calendars, readers may visit


Bigs In Blue Partnership Launched October 5, 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) recently launched a new Bigs in Blue partnership with the Derry Township Police Department and Derry Township School District. The kickoff was held at Hershey Intermediate Elementary School.

Police officers participating in the Bigs in Blue program will spend quality time as mentors to eight students at Hershey Intermediate Elementary School. Participating officers will provide support to students and become both a friend and a role model to them while offering a new perspective on what police officers stand for, work for, and represent.

According to organization representatives, students in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs develop strong relationships with adults, reduce risky behavior, and maintain or develop positive attitudes toward education, including improved academics and pursuit of college education.

The Bigs in Blue program is a national initiative that was launched locally in 2016. The local program marks the 10th Bigs in Blue partnership in BBBSCR's service area. For more information, readers may visit


Police Announce Twitter Account October 4, 2018

The Columbia Borough Police is now on Twitter.

Community members can follow the department's account at @BoroughPolice.


Deputy Sheriff Makes Connection At Festival September 12, 2018

On duty at the recent Citadel Country Spirit USA concert in Ludwig's Corner, Chester County Deputy Sheriff Matthew "Jamie" Mendenhall was giving Nero, his K-9 partner, some exercise when a man initiated a conversation about the importance of K-9s. The man subsequently introduced himself as Doug Paisley, the father of country superstar Brad Paisley, who was to perform at the concert on Aug. 26.

As the two continued their discussion, Mendenhall noted that two area K-9 handlers had lost their lives in the line of duty in recent years: Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox and Berks County Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pagerly. Mendenhall, who came to Chester County from the Berks County Sheriff's Office, had supervised Kyle in the K-9 Unit there.

Doug asked if Mendenhall could supply photos of the two fallen heroes so that his son could pay tribute to them during his performance. Further, he asked if Mendenhall wanted tickets to the concert.

Mendenhall shared that Kyle and his wife, Alecia, were both huge fans of Brad. In fact, Kyle's special song for his wife was Brad's "She's Everything." Mendenhall then contacted Alecia to let her know that "Brad Paisley's dad says hello" and to see if she wanted to come to the concert.

Alecia arrived 15 minutes before Brad Paisley took the stage; it was the first time she had seen him live. He sang "When I Get Where I'm Going" in front of a giant projection showing Kyle and Fox and their respective K-9 partners, Jynx and Nick. The country icon also performed Kyle Pagerly's anthem to his wife. According to Doug, that song was added and had not been on the original play list.

Alecia also reconnected with Chester County Sgt. Paul Bryant Jr., who was also on duty at the music festival. She had not seen Bryant since the day her late husband graduated from the Philadelphia Police K-9 Academy, where the sergeant had previously worked.

At the end of the event, Mendenhall was unable to leave the concert grounds because his vehicle was blocked by a school bus bearing the number 27, which was Kyle's badge number.

For more information on Kyle Pagerly, readers may visit


Northwest EMS Works Toward Fundraising Goal September 6, 2018

Northwest Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is more than halfway to its goal of raising $30,000 to purchase bullet-resistant vests for crew members. The EMS agency intends to provide the vests due to the opioid crisis and an increase in active shooter threats. Northwest EMS covers the northern tier of Lancaster County from Conoy Township to Clay Township, including Elizabethtown and Manheim.

As payments for ambulance services decrease, the EMS agency based in Elizabethtown decided to ask area residents to help protect its crews. The community responded, and to date the agency has received $15,151 in checks, including at least 20 from donors who paid the full $500 cost of one vest, and $1,665 from the GoFundMe page, for a total of $16,816.

Recently the EMS agency received help from the Northwest Regional Police, which patrols West Donegal and Mount Joy townships. The Northwest Regional Police Commission donated $1,000, and the Northwest Regional Police Association, representing the officers, donated $500.

Contributions may be made at


Active Shooter Presentation Slated September 5, 2018

The Pennsylvania State Police will offer a two-hour Active Shooter Presentation on Monday, Sept. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at New Hope (Fissel's) United Church of Christ, 3426 Fissel's Church Road, Glen Rock. The presentation will be led by a representative of the Domestic Security Section of the State Police's Intelligence Division.

Audio and video clips will be used to demonstrate what may occur during an active shooter situation. The presentation is designed to cover all venues, such as places of worship, open spaces, education facilities, public settings and shopping facilities. Statistics, trends, and real incidents will be discussed. The presenter will also discuss behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that may contribute to a person becoming an active shooter.

The presentation is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

For more information, readers may call Dave at 717-235-3720, or they may call the church at 717-235-2033 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.


Organizations To Host "Stop The Bleed" August 21, 2018

On Thursday, Sept. 13, Susquehanna Valley Emergency Medical Services (SVEMS) and the Hellam Township Police Department will host Stop the Bleed, an event designed to help individuals know what to do in the event of a serious injury. According to organizers, the top cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding, and knowing what to do in a dangerous emergency can mean the difference between life and death.

The course will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hellam Township Public Works building, 44 Walnut St., York. Professionals will teach hands-on skills that folks need to know to provide immediate care to someone with life-threatening injuries. The event is free and open to the public. To register, interested individuals may visit and click on the education tab and sign up on the Stop the Bleed page. The deadline to register will be 3 p.m. on Sept. 13.

"The purpose of the event is to educate all who want to learn how to act and react in an active shooter situation and learn how to control bleeding," explained Terri Givens, business development manager for SVEMS.

Participants will have the chance to learn how to apply pressure to a wound, pack a wound with gauze, and use a tourniquet. Givens said that to make the experience as realistic as possible, SVEMS operations manager Adam Marden uses cranberry juice so that participants get a sense of what it is really like to control bleeding.

Hellam Township Police Chief Doug Pollock will discuss what to do in an active shooter situation and go over Run, Hide, Fight techniques. SVEMS education manager Rob Walker will share information on how to triage injured individuals, and participants may engage in hands-on practice following the lecture.

Givens noted that in addition to helping people to prepare for potential emergencies, the course provides knowledge that is useful in other situations, such as getting a cut or witnessing an automobile accident. SVEMS hosted a similar event in York earlier this year and had Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts attend in preparation for camping trips.

"Our hope for those attending would be to learn lifesaving skills that they can use for the rest of their lives," said Givens.

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, Marden and SVEMS will be recognized by the Lancaster City and County Medical Society and presented with the Benjamin Rush Award for their work with Stop the Bleed. To learn more about Stop the Bleed, a national awareness campaign, readers may visit


First Responders Receive Awards August 15, 2018

Local first responders Derek Eveler, Wayne Bush, and Dennis Wilt received Commendation Awards from the Emergency Health Services Federation on Aug. 3 at Red Lion Area Ambulance Association (RLAAA). They were recognized for their role in saving a life.

On June 8, Red Lion Area Ambulance EMTs Eveler and Bush, along with Medic 102-6 - UPMC Pinnacle LifeTeam paramedic Wilt responded to a call for a cardiac arrest in Windsor Township. The patient's neighbor had witnessed the patient collapse in the front yard and immediately called 911 and began CPR, continuing until the police arrived and took over CPR.

The first responders arrived to find police and fire departments on the scene and CPR in progress. A York Regional Police Department officer reported that one shock had been delivered using an automated external defibrillator (AED). The EMS team continued patient care with manual CPR, followed by placement of the LUCAS, an automatic mechanical CPR device. Two more shocks were delivered with the AED. A pulse was re-established and the patient began to regain consciousness. Today, the patient is doing well and is enjoying life with his family.

At the recognition ceremony, C. Steven Lyle, executive director of the Emergency Health Services Federation, presented the awards to Eveler, Bush and Wilt. Recognition commendations were also presented to the police officers, the firefighter and the patient's neighbor for their actions.

Attending the ceremony were the patient, Bradley Blouse, and his family; the neighbor who had called 911 and performed CPR; firefighter Barry Barshinger from Laurel Fire Company No. 1; Officers R. Brice and R. Miller, York Area Regional Police Department; Michael J. Kraska, EMT-P shift leader/EMS captain - UPMC Pinnacle LifeTeam EMS; Rep. Stan Saylor; Rep. Keith Gillespie; and Rep. Kristen Phillips-Hill. Also attending from RLAAA were Travis Gladfelter, director of operations; Kimberly Grim, EMS supervisor; co-workers of Eveler and Bush; and the board of directors.

RLAAA will offer free hands-only CPR training for members of the greater Red Lion community. For dates and times, readers may call 717-244-0983 or email Travis Gladfelter at or Kimberly Grim at


Sheriff's Office Swears In New Deputies August 14, 2018

The Chester County Sheriff's Office recently welcomed three new deputies. Arthur B. Adams, Asim O. John, and Sean M. Marasco each took the oath during a swearing-in ceremony held in Courtroom One of the Chester County Justice Center.

Adams, a native of Chester County, has been working for several years as a security officer, most recently at Lankenau Hospital. He also worked previously as a correctional officer at Chester County Prison.

After graduating from Downingtown West High School, Adams decided that his longtime interest in helping others made law enforcement a logical career choice. Although his family has a strong history of military service, Adams was the first to pursue police work. He received his Act 120 certification from the Delaware County Community College Police Academy in 2013.

When he is not working, Adams enjoys spending time with his family as well as playing golf.

John grew up in Oxford, and after graduating from Oxford Area High School, he found a niche for his mechanical talents in the aerospace industry, where he built parts for private jets and helicopters. About five years, he became interested in changing gears.

A close friend, former Chester County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Brough, urged John to consider law enforcement, especially the Sheriff's Office. John graduated from the Delaware County Community College Police Academy in 2016 and began working for the Lincoln University Police Department.

In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife have three children, ranging in age from 7 months to 11 years, and a fourth child is on the way. John can also often be found making repairs or improvements to cars or exercising his passion for motorcycles.

Although Marasco was born in Wilmington, Del., his family moved to Chester County when he was an infant. He considers himself a Coatesville native since he grew up in that area. He experienced strong military and law-enforcement influences from multiple family members, but he did not decide to follow that lead until after earning a bachelor's degree in international business from Widener University.

Since then, Marasco obtained a real estate license, traveled around the world, and joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, where he has served for the past five years. He also attended the Reading Police Academy, graduating in 2015.

Marasco and his wife, Jessica, have two sons: 3-year-old Mason and 4-month-old Kelley. In his free time, Marasco enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities, including camping, kayaking, snowboarding and scuba diving.


Police Officers, Students Play Dodgeball August 2, 2018

On May 8, Hambright Elementary School students in grades four and six gathered in the gymnasium to take part in a memorable game of dodgeball. Their opponents were seven local police officers from Lancaster and Manor Township. The competition was organized as a way to help foster a positive relationship between police officers and students through a fun activity.

Hambright kindergarten teacher Jocelyn Hockley invited her husband, Lancaster City Police Detective Ryan Hockley, to participate. He recruited six others - Officer Carlos Luciano, Detective Sgt. Kurt Miller, Detective Willard Smith, K9 Officer Ben Bradley and Sgt. Chris McCormick, all of Lancaster City Police, and Officer Phil Eck of Manor Township Police.

The group of policemen held their own against the two groups of students, which included the children of two of the officers. After the games, the police and students shared high-fives and posed for pictures together.


Providence Township To Participate In National Night Out July 27, 2018

The board of supervisors of Providence Township will host a National Night Out (NNO) event on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the municipal facility, 200 Mount Airy Road, New Providence. The event will be supported by township employees and volunteers. No cost will be charged for any part of the event.

"The board wanted to have an appreciation picnic for the residents, like it had several years ago," explained zoning officer Heidi Martinez, who has helped to organize the event. "About 50 people had attended, but they would like to have more this year, so they combined the picnic with National Night Out."

NNO is an annual event in its 35th year. It was created to develop awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and partnerships between police departments and the communities they serve, and send a message that neighborhoods are organized and fighting against crime. The Pennsylvania State Police will participate in Providence Township's event, as will the Rawlinsville and Quarryville fire companies and Lancaster Emergency Medical Services Association.

Lancaster County Joining Forces, which aims to reduce the number of deaths from opioids and heroin, will be represented, as will a physical therapy group and a vendor of security lighting. A farm equipment seller is slated to bring a tractor or other large apparatus, and Solid Rock Youth Ministries will offer activities for children. A disc jockey will play music.

There will be giveaways from local businesses; free stickers, temporary tattoos, and light-up bracelets for children; and prize drawings for grocery gift certificates, T-shirts, and two rugged coolers. Martinez noted that the event organizers hope to have several children's bicycles to give away as well. Additionally, vouchers for a Lancaster Barnstormers game on Saturday, Aug. 18, will be distributed to 400 NNO attendees.

The members of the board of supervisors, which include chair John Schroeder, vice chair C. William Shaffer, and J. Pepper Goslin, will grill hot dogs and scoop ice cream. Popcorn, water, and other beverages will also be available.

"We are looking forward to having our residents meet our first responders and the board of supervisors because everything (the board does) affects the residents," Martinez remarked.

The event is open to all Southern End residents and will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, updates will be posted at, on the township's Facebook page, and at the municipal building.

For more information about the Providence Township National Night Out event, readers may call the municipal office at 717-786-7596.


National Night Out Planned At Glatfelter Field July 27, 2018

The first Tuesday evening in August has become a special one for Columbia Borough and thousands of other towns across the county, state, and country, as National Night Out events are held to promote police and community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make communities safer places to live. According to, the events offer an opportunity for police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel and residents to come together under positive circumstances.

Columbia Borough Police Department will host National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Glatfelter Field, 1249 Lancaster Ave., Columbia. Area residents are invited to attend and enjoy free entertainment, activities, and food.

Nearly 50 local organizations and area businesses will have interactive exhibits at the event. A petting zoo, pony rides, a dunk tank, bounce houses, vehicle displays, a Civil War encampment, kayak rides, a walk-in hot air balloon, and a first responders kickball game will all be part of the fun. The Kracker Beez will perform live music throughout the evening. Free hot dogs, potato chips, ice cream, and beverages will be available, too.

The Columbia Borough Fire Department will do a live demonstration of a vehicle extrication using saws and the Jaws of Life. "That always draws a crowd," remarked Columbia Borough Police Chief Jack Brommer. Another popular part of National Night Out returning this year is a canine demonstration conducted by the Lancaster County Prison K-9 Unit, which will take place at 6 p.m. on the softball field. New this year will be reptile shows by Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary, set for 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. under the large pavilion. A biodegradable balloon release will take place at approximately 8:30 p.m.

As is tradition in Columbia, attendees who bring donations of new school supplies will receive tickets to use in the annual Jail and Bail. Local celebrities, including Columbia Mayor Leo Lutz, Brommer, and Ray McCarty of the Columbia Boys Athletic Association, will be locked in makeshift jail cells at the center of Glatfelter's football field. People may submit the tickets they receive for bringing donations to help the celebrity of their choice to earn enough votes to be released.

The school supplies will be distributed to students in need at all of the public schools in Columbia Borough, as well as Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School and Head Start of Columbia. Requested items include new backpacks, pencils, pens, crayons, rulers, scissors, binders, notebooks, glue sticks, and more. School supplies may also be dropped off at Columbia Life Network, 336 Locust St., Columbia, between 8 a.m. and noon on Mondays through Fridays.

"National Night Out provides us with the opportunity to bring the community together to discuss crime prevention, and it also affords the police department the opportunity to interact on an informal basis with community members," shared Brommer. "The entire event draws the community together."

Brommer emphasized that National Night Out is supported entirely by area businesses and community organizations, including the Columbia-Middletown Elks, Catholic War Veterans, Owls Club, Sunsnappers, American Legion Post 372, Forresters, Hambones Social Club, and Loyal Order of Moose.


Local PDs Invite Residents To Spend A (National) Night Out July 26, 2018

Two local police departments will host events as part of National Night Out (NNO) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Manor Township Police Department (MTPD) will hold its celebration at Leisure Lanes Bowling & Golf Center, 3440 Columbia Ave., Lancaster, and the Southern Regional Police Department (SRPD) has organized a gathering at West Willow Fire Company, 192 W. Willow Road, Willow Street.

The MTPD has regularly participated in NNO, which is an annual event in its 35th year. This year is the first time that the SRPD has sponsored an event.

SRPD Chief John Michener explained that his department's initiative had its beginnings several months ago at the suggestion of resident Dennis Harding. "In years past, our officers took part in other local NNO events put on by neighboring communities, but Mr. Harding wanted to do one here in Pequea Township," Michener explained. "We had little time and no money budgeted, but thanks to Mr. Harding and the support of other community residents and businesses, we've been able to quickly put together a nice little event for our community."

The SRPD's affair will feature members and equipment from the police department as well as the New Danville and West Willow fire companies and Lancaster Emergency Medical Services Association (LEMSA). Entertainment for children will include a dunk tank, a bounce house, and other activities, and a juggler will perform. Refreshments will be available free of charge as supplies last.

The event at Leisure Lanes will feature police departments from East Hempfield Township, Millersville borough, and Millersville University, as well as the MTPD. Other organizations slated to participate include Blue Rock Fire Rescue, HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Lancaster DUI Council, Pilot Club International, Pet Pantry of Lancaster County, Lancaster Velo Club, Wilshire Hills Lions Club, Safe Families for Children, Salvation Army, and several local businesses.

Highlights will include face painting, a workout class, and a dunk tank, with Sen. Scott Martin and several police officers taking turns on the wet seat. East Hempfield K-9 officer Bill Watt and his canine partner, Tundra, will give a demonstration of their skills. A variety of food and beverages will be available free of charge.

NNO was created to develop awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and partnerships between police departments and the communities they serve, and send a message that neighborhoods are organized and fighting against crime.

"A local police department is only as strong and successful as its relationship and bond with its community," Michener remarked. "I feel that we are fortunate to already have a great relationship with our residents and businesses, but there is always room for improvement and to meet new people. This event is a chance for us to meet more residents and for residents to stand up and make a difference in their neighborhoods."

Michener encourages folks who are unable to attend either of the official events to turn on their exterior lights, lock their doors, and spend time outside with their neighbors.

For more information about the SRPD, readers may call Michener at 717-947-7546. To learn more about the MTPD's event, folks may contact Sgt. Kimberly Geyer at 717-299-5231 or


Hellam Township Police To Host National Night Out July 23, 2018

The Hellam Township Police Department will host its annual National Night Out (NNO) event on Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the grass area at the Hellam Township Municipal Building, 44 Walnut Springs Road, York. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., rain or shine. Area residents are invited to stop by to meet and interact with local police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and neighbors.

In addition to the Hellam Township Police Department, participants will include the Hellam Fire Company Wrightsville Fire and Rescue Company, and Susquehanna Valley EMS.

Hellam Township secretary Crystal Weston said this is the first time for the event to take place at the Hellam Township Municipal Buildings, as it was held at Barshinger Field in recent years. Organizers hope that the switch in location will be more convenient for everyone involved.

Local nonprofit organizations and community groups such as the Kreutz Creek Library, Gateway Church, Not One More, and WIC will host booths that will offer information about the variety of services they offer.

Activities for children will include face painting, balloon twisting, a bounce house, and a reptile petting zoo. Free goodies including coloring books will be given out to children.

A sheriff from the York County Sheriff's Office will bring a canine companion along for folks to visit with. Live music performances are also planned.

Free snacks, such as fresh fruit, doughnuts, cookies, potato chips, popcorn, cotton candy, and beverages, will be available thanks to donations by several local businesses. Food will also be available to purchase at a concession stand.

Hellam Township manager Corina Mann said that last year's NNO in Hellam drew approximately 150 people, and the event has a perennially positive response from the community.

"It's a great community connection event, and I'd like to see it grow each year," remarked Hellam Township Police Chief Doug Pollock. As of July 1, the Hellam Township Police began covering Wrightsville Borough in addition to Hellam Township and Hallam Borough. Three officers from the Wrightsville Police Department, which disbanded, are now with the Hellam Township Police Department. Pollock said NNO is a good way for residents to get to know the local police officers, firefighters, and emergency responders who are serving the community.

NNO is an annual community-building event held in thousands of towns across the United States on the first Tuesday in August. According to, the campaign promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Aside from that, the events offer an opportunity to bring residents and police, fire, and EMS personnel together under positive circumstances.

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