|First Responders Park is the product of the efforts of, from left to right, Supervisors John Diacogiannis, Michael Prendeville, Mark Tanczos and Jack Nagle, as well as Manager Jay Finnigan. Supervisor Steve Salvesen was unable to attend.|
|A large contingent of Colonial Regional officers came,including retired Chhief Dan Spang.|
|Firefighters, cops and EMS personnel pose together. The white-shirted man in the center is|
Joseph Moser,a 48-year veteran of the Hanover Tp Volunteer Fire Co.
Prendeville's stirring words:
"Thank you for turning towards things that most people turn from. Thank you for bringing and maintaining order in times of chaos. Thank you for providing compassion for complete strangers in a time of dire need. Thank you for making the world a better place. Thank you for being role models. Thank you for the countless hours of training and education. Thank you for protecting us. Thank you for making us feel safe. Thank you for providing service above self. There is no greater contribution to society than to be in the service of others."
Colonial Regional Police Chief Roy Seiple said that, unlike many other communities, Hanover Township has always gone out of its way to make first responders feel welcome. "The last few years have been very difficult for men and women in law enforcement," said Seiple. "Officers have been preyed upon at an alarming rate." In the midst of all the controversy over police nationwide, Chief Seiple said he arrived at work one morning to see the yellow line replaced with a black and blue line painted in the road outside of the police station.
|Jim Millot is the Township Engineer who turned this dream into reality, on time|
and under budget. He always claimed he was"on target," which became a running
joke for Supervisors.But it is an apt description of township governance.
Seiple thanked the people of Hanover Township
After the event was over, Finnigan told me first responders will be able to visit the park for free.
So will every one else.
He also told me the Township is considering naming something after me - a dumpster.
|The colors of Colonial Regional and Hanover Tp Volunteer firefighters are unfurled.|