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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Robert Lasso: Fallen, But Not Forgotten

DA John Morganelli with Pat Tallarico, Lasso's mother-in-law
August 11, 2011. Freemansburg police officer Robert Lasso was shot and killed in the line of duty. He left a widow and two young children. They will never know their father.

Today, Bethlehem police hosted a 5k in Lasso's honor. Over three hundred runners - many of them from the law enforcement community -participated. Some brought their dogs, or pushed babies in strollers.

One bottom-feeding blogger ran, too.

Having years of experience running from cops, I expected to win. But my grandson's dog, Suki, kept slowing me down.

The little mutt couldn't keep up.

On top of that, two NorCo deputies had keeled over in the final mile. So I had to sling them over my shoulders and finish the race with them and the dog.

When I crossed the line, DA John Morganelli was standing there, grinning. He had beaten me by two minutes. So had Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan.

But Hizzoner's pretty daughter beat us all.

The overall race winner, I believe, was Freemansburg Mayor Gerald Yob. He ran in his suit.

The big hit at this race?

The mounted police, of course. Pharo was eating up all the attention from kids and moms.

The Two Mayors:
John Callahan and winner Gerald Yob! He didn't even break a sweat!
Pharo Loves All the Attention!
Hey! What About Me?
I ran the frickin' race, while fleabag Pharo took it EZ. 


Bill Coker said...


Great cause, great effort.

Good thing the dog could drag you!

Anonymous said...

Callahan's county race is in full swing. The guy doesn't miss a trick.

Anonymous said...

Great cause and People helping their fellow citizens.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reporting on this Bernie. It was a nice turnout. Remember and Never Forget. RIP brother, Justice is coming.

Mark Baker said...

GOD bless and keep Officer Lasso and his family.

Mark Baker said...

Anon 12:43,

your dislike of the mayor has obviously blinded you to the real reason for this run. shame on you for so selfish and petty.

Anonymous said...

callahan is the finest public servant in the county.

Anonymous said...

Super turnout, thanks for participating!

Bernie O'Hare said...

It was a blast! Can't believe Mayor Yob won.

Anonymous said...

Great cause, great effort by Suki!
Nice turn out!
Saw the Express Times article! Nicely done!

Bernie O'Hare said...

Nice article in ET. BP will run one next Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

Johnny Casino will run for votes anywhere in the County.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for writing about this wonderful event! The humor you added to it was a joy to read! Just one correction for you, Officer Lasso's End of Watch was August 11th, not August 8th.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I will correct that right now.