Tuesday, October 20, 2015
NorCo Deputy Sheriff Gretchen Kraemer to Join Beth Tp PD
I don't have her curriculum vitae, but remember Gretchen back when she worked in the Criminal Division. Even miserable bastards like myself liked her, and I don't like anyone. We all knew she was going places, but her next career move shocked us all.
She became a Bethlehem City police officer, and probably would still be there today except for circumstances in her family life that required her to be a caregiver. Unable to work the shifts expected of new police officers, she was able to return to Northampton County, but this time as a Deputy Sheriff.
Whether it was courtroom security or manning the door, she performed her duties cheerfully and professionally.
She is one of the deputies whose quick thinking saved the life of my good friend, prominent Bethlehem Attorney Rich Schaedler. n 2013, he suddenly collapsed outside a courtroom. She was part of a team of ten deputies who would not give up, even though Rich's heart had stopped beating for seven minutes. They used CPR, first aid, oxygen administration and an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) until a faint heartbeat returned.
Like Lazarus, Schaedler had risen from the dead.
Though she's obviously an excellent Deputy, she told me she always loved police work. Once her family situation improved, she applied with Bethlehem Township's police department. Chief Pancoast called her his first choice, and told Commissioners she is "well qualified as a police officer."
She is married to Jason Rosati, a Lieutenant at the jail who was amazingly fired for insisting that corrections officers follow the uniform policy. His appeal to the Personnel Appeals Board is still pending. Though he had a hearing in July, his appeal has languished since then with no new date set by the Board.