Officer Fred Lahovski was first hired to work in Nazareth in 2008. He was one of the people brought on board by Chief Michael Sinclair. If you think I write only negative things about Nazareth police officers, this is what I wrote about Lahovski in 2009.
Lahovski is the cop who once stepped in front of a speeding vehicle to save a child from getting run over by a drunk driver during a block party. He's the officer who once tackled a 32-year-old man who sat with a gun pointed to his head for five hours, threatening to shoot himself. This ill man still shot himself, but it was nonfatal.Lahovski and two Nazareth officers who subsequently left the force, were honored with letters of commendation from the Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner.
On Sunday night, Lahovski was one of two officers who whisked a 9 year-old Nazareth boy to safety as that boy's distraught father fired on state troopers. We know one of these troopers is now dead. But Lahovski and another trooper saved a life that night. The life of a boy the same age as my grandson. The Express Times correctly called him a local hero.
So naturally, when Thomas Trachta became Chief, he persuaded Borough Council to fire the hero. Currently, I believe Officer Lahovski is with the Wilson Borough Police Department. He did serve briefly as a Chief in Forty-Fort.
There was no discussion before the vote terminating Lahovski.
An anonymous comment on my blog, posted late yesterday, states Lahovski has been reinstated in an arbitration ruling. Several police officers, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the comment, and add that Lahovski is entitled to 22-months of back pay. The arbitration ruling did include a one-month suspension.
It was too late in the day to speak with borough officials or Lahovski, but I will attempt to get the ruling..
Chief Thomas Trachta sold Council on this termination. It appears he failed to make the sale with an arbitrator.
This is yet another display of failed leadership.
Tomorrow, I finally will explain why Borough Council is afraid of Trachta.