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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nazareth Cops Committing Random Acts of Kindness

It pains me to write this story. I'm much more at home when I'm exposing some dark ugly secret, like NorCo Councilman Mat Benol's strange sexual attraction to banana peels. But Nazareth police are screwing me up lately with random acts of kindness. I have to tell the story.

Last Summer, I was pretty tough on Nazareth police. They deserved it, especially after Chief Thomas "Cupcake" Trachta and Trachta goon Dan Troxell, a supposed police officer, decided to chain, shackle and perp walk the Sticker Gang. That's a trio of young men falsely accused of distributing tiny, postage-stamp sized, Fire Trachta (FT) stickers throughout the boro. Most laughed it off. But not the doubleTs. No sense of humor in those two. But they did such a shitty investigation that all charges were dismissed in court. Not oven one littering count made it past Magisterial District Judge Jackie Taschner.

Part-time officer Dan Troxell had to take a leave of absence and repeat grade school.

But that's only the bad side of Nazareth cops. There's a good side, too. A very good side. As much as it pains me, I want to share that with you today.

Let me start around November or December. A woman in Nazareth, working at a local business, was the victim of a hit-and-run car accident. Someone slammed into her parked car, and then took off. Her car, not worth much to begin with, was a total loss. Because the car is so old, she had no collision coverage, either.

The Nazareth Borough Police Association did more than take a report. They helped this lady get a replacement vehicle. It was still an old, used car. But they got together among themselves and chipped in the money to make the purchase. Her boss helped, too.

More recently, this group gave $500 to a single mother who works two different jobs to help make ends meet.

This Nazareth Borough Police Association is a labor organization that consists of the full-time officers: Alan Koch: Freddie Lahovski; Steve Schleig and Adam Shimer. Of the four, Adam Shimer is an Iraq war vet who grew up in Nazareth and always wanted to be a police officer. Officer Koch, another vet, has two sons who played ball with my grandson. Steve Schleig is the smiling face you'll see during festivals, talking to people. And Lahovski, their President, is the officer who shielded a child during a gunfight with his own body.

They may be despised by Borough Council, but these are the good guys.

Now if you break the law, they're still gonna' arrest you. But they are good and honorable men and are a credit to Nazareth. At this time of the year,they conduct their annual fundraiser. Yes, they are a union, but this fundraiser has nothing to do with the cost of filing grievances. In fact, in a telephone interview last night, Officer Lahovsky told me that he pays his legal bills out of his own pocket. This fundraiser is to help them be better cops and help them to help others.  Because they use no outside agencies to solicit on their behalf, 100% of what you give goes directly to the Police Association. You can send them as little as $1 or as much as $1 trillion, to the Nazareth Borough Police Association, P.O. Box 573, Nazareth, Pa 18064. The fundraising letter adds, "Our legitimacy can be verified by calling Nazareth Police at 610-759-9575."

What will they do with your contribution? Aside from the acts of kindness above, see the contest below.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

It would even be better if they were handing out cupcakes.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Good suggestion.

Anonymous said...

why is troxell still there, shouldn't he be going into first grade now, he spells that way (-:

Anonymous said...

troxell is every addicts herio who will cover up for them if hes gone they need deputy dip shit

Anonymous said...

Bernie, will the boro cover all the civil suits coming at troxell I fear that it will cost the tax payers and further more degrade the good Officers of the force.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

The sticker goons admitted they did the stickers but apparently their lawyers kept them silent and they lied by omission.

Sad, miscarriage of justice.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Bernie, will the boro cover all the civil suits coming at troxell I fear that it will cost the tax payers and further more degrade the good Officers of the force."

I think the suits will start in the next few weeks. Troxell should not be on that force. He is an at-will PT police officer. Everyone knows he should be gone but Trachta.

Anonymous said...

Bernie, Then why isn't the mayor and council getting rid of him? He was gone for a couple months al was peaceful, whys he back. Why are the tax payers paying for this buffoon who cant hold a job anywhere? Why is it being allowed and will someone do something to rid this trash. Why isn't the District Attorney stepping in?

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Bernie O'Hare said...

2:04, The DA does not get involved in personnel issues. But the Mayor knows I am right about this.

Anonymous said...

Bernie, The same Mayor that has protected Troxell. Will Miller be able to do his job and make it right?

Bernie O'Hare said...

We shall see.

Anonymous said...

Other menaces to society did good to.....

Hitler, Stalin... even the Freeman Brothers were cub scouts....Your article is sickening considering what they have done to people and the area and now they are running this campaign blitz and you feel for it hook line and sinker. Don't think for one minute Bernie they still don't want to nail you for something.... Im personating a human being perhaps and have a perp walk to the g allows Trachta will have built .....

Anonymous said...

Well you can leave Officer Shimer out of it since he is relatively new to the force. I am not surprised because Adam has always been a high character guy. I may be biased since we are related but I am proud of where Adam is today. Your future has no limits Adam, and your cousin Sean (my son, and proud member of the Coast Guard) love you...Tom Davis

Bernie O'Hare said...

Tom, no wonder he's a good guy. he's related to you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bernie, now could you please run that by my wife? Doghouse is freezing today!!! TD

Anonymous said...

Great P.R. move

fuck all public unions said...

union pussies begging because they have no balls or support

Bernie O'Hare said...

Since you don't say who you are, you're in no position to judge the courage of others.