Thursday, September 24, 2009

Northampton County Deputy Sheriff Gets Valor Award

I'm fairly unpopular among Northampton County Deputy Sheriffs. Most of them shake their heads or just look the other way when I'm coming down the hall, even when my fly is up.

Over the years, I've been pretty tough on them. I've claimed we have too man of them, for one thing. The Northampton County Sheriff's Department is little more than a retirement home for Allentown cops and state troopers already collecting a pension. I've criticized them for driving county cruisers home every night, a real waste of taxpayers' money ended by John Stoffa. Some of them have milked the system, demanding two deputies to guard a single hospitalized inmate. A gaggle of them recently insisted that Northampton County Council get them overtime for security at Easton football games. Many of them have forgotten they work for the taxpayers. They seem to think their uniform and gun somehow elevates them above the people who pay their salaries.

But that's only part of the story. I've also watched them save lives when people collapse in the courthouse. I've seen them provide comfort to abused women. Today, I'd like to focus on Deputy Sheriff Patrick J. Cubbage. He comes from Philly, where he started as a cop in 1970. He worked his way up to become a County Detective with the District Attorney’s Office, Chief Inspector in the Sheriff’s Office and Bail Commissioner with the Philadelphia Municipal Court.

When terror struck on September 11, 2001, Cubbage handled the emergency deployment of military aircraft and personnel from Philly into New York’s ground zero. He also signed on to a Faith Based team, which organized relief efforts and spiritual guidance to the law enforcement officers traumatized by the disaster. He is part of the Evangelistic Rapid Response Team and a Police Chaplin.

On Saturday, Cubbage was honored for his work with a Valor Award from Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. Over two hundred people witnessed the award ceremony in downtown Philly. Cubbage, like most deputies and law enforcement types, has spent a lifetime dedicated to community service while putting up with assholes like me.

This awards ceremony also honored two Philadelphia Police Explorer Cadets - Harvey J. Lewis (15 years old) and Dominique R. Smith (17 years old) - who were senselessly murdered in April when mistaken as gang rivals.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Honor and valor aside, they are still greedy bastards...

Anonymous said...

Patrick is a good man and true civil servant.

Anonymous said...

The sheriifs are upset with the lies you tell.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Actually, some deputies need to remember they are public servatns, and get angry at those who point it out.

Anonymous said...

The Sheriffs have legimate concerns. When John Stoffa was a candidate he promised to address their concerns. Once elected he did exactly the opposite.

The professional sheriffs are in a better position to understand our safety needs than a lifetime bureaucrat/politican.

Everyday they risk their lives for us and this administration hinders their job. When sheriffs used the police cars it was added secrity throughtout the County. Now that security is gone because of a petty politcal move.

Let the sheriffs do the job they were hired to do and don't let lifetime pol's like Stoffa and Angle put all of us in jeopary.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Yeah, taking their cars away really hurt our public safety. The person who has advocated this move the longest was Wayne Grube. It was a move long overdue, and Stoffa had the courage to do it.

Anonymous said...

It was payback to Grube for Grubes active suppot and campaigning for Stoffa. grube really had no use for Stoffa but a deal was cut.

Anonymous said...

The deputy sheriffs in Norco need to wake up. They are like little girls whining about the use of county cars and parking spaces. Get over it! You are law enforcement officials. Your allegiance should be to the public and who they elected to be your "commander in chief" - John Stoffa. Do your job serving the public and stop bitching!!

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA(tear)HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

John Stoffa, "commander in chief", oh gosh, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

You got me there, that was a good one. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:14 - glad you are amused. Stoffa is the boss whether you like it or not. The whiny deputies seem to forget that. The voters gave Stoffa his mandate. If the deputies don't like it then try to get some suck-up to defeat him. Oh right- they tried that. And McHale got crushed in the primary. There went any electorate sympathy for their disloyal whining. Taking county vehicles home at night was a ridiculous waste of resources. Get over it and move on. You're supposed to be professionals- act like it!!

Anonymous said...

Wow Ron you sound really pissed. Don't be mad Mr. Angle.

Anonymous said...

While, Patrick J. Cubbage got fired and got the job back, Arlene Elshinnawy, a daughter of Caribbean immigrants was arrested for preaching but fortunately, the charges are dropped against her. Three cheers for Arlene Elshinnawy. Now, good night Arlene Elshinnawy.