Salisbury Township Police Department Det. Kevin Kress has spent 27 years in law enforcement, but the past five years have been the toughest, as he has watched the increase in drug overdose incidents in the community.
Kress said he is grateful to work in an area with a relatively low crime rate, “but what I’ve seen in the past five years as residents struggle with drug habits and overdoses has been tough to see,” Kress said.
A simple community policing event first implemented in 2011 in Hawthorne, Calif., has grown to an international scope as a simple way to promote communication and rapport with local police departments and the citizens they serve and protect.
Coffee with a Cop events were held Oct. 4 in small towns and large in all 50 states and nine different countries.
Supported and encouraged by the U.S. Department of Justice, Coffee with a Cop events seek to bring people together to talk over coffee, with no agenda and no speeches, just open and honest community dialog.
Like many of his firefighter brethren at Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department, Jonathan Al-Khal has the knowledge, training, experience, safety equipment and dedication that allow him to run into a burning building when everyone else is running out.
Al-Khal has developed additional skills, though, that have widened his value to the first responder and law enforcement community in Lehigh County. Al-Khal has developed a reputation as one of the most skilled drone flight technicians in the region.
Warm but pleasant weather helped bring friends and neighbors for Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire department’s ninth annual Community Day activities held Sept. 23 at the department’s Swain fire station and the adjacent Green Acres Park.
Bounce rides and games, vehicle and equipment demonstrations, fire prevention and education activities, a popular Balloons the Clown comedy and magic show and picnic food by Smokin’ Smitty’s Catering provided something for everyone at the family-oriented open house.
Salisbury Township Police Department Cpl. Bryan Losagio, the department’s traffic safety officer, teamed with Allentown Police Department traffic safety officer Stephen Rosenburg Sept. 19 for a seat belt enforcement detail near the Allentown School District’s South Mountain Middle School.
Bob Curcio, chief engineer at Eastern Salisbury Fire Department, admits he was a very busy guy back in the middle decades of his life.
“Having four kids growing up in a community like Salisbury, it just seemed natural to be involved with them in sports, Scouts and church activities,” Curcio said.
“And it seems that the busiest people always run into other busy people who want to help you be even more busy,” Curcio said about how he became involved as a first responder with the east side’s fire department.
Homer Royer, senior pastor at the historic Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, along Devonshire Road, in the western portion of Salisbury Township, preached his last sermon and said goodbye to his congregation Aug. 13.
Titling his message “Benediction,” Royer spoke of where he’s been on his life’s journey and where he is headed.
By Aug. 15, he and his wife, Susan, were winging their way to western Germany where their youngest daughter is married to a German national who is studying to be a preacher.
Thom Walter, a resident of Salisbury Township’s east side, boxed his last letters and made his final package deliveries to postal patrons in Salisbury Township neighborhoods surrounding the South Mall area as he retired Aug. 31 after 40 years with the United States Postal Service.
As midnight approached, and one last sweep in the vicinity of the Woodland Terrace at the Oaks facility, 1263 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, failed to turn up any trace of missing resident, Audrey Penn, 78, searchers began to pack up their gear and head home with a sense they had not been able to do what they showed up to do.
Several dozen law enforcement officers from communities throughout Lehigh County gathered at a Lehigh County DUI Task Force command trailer late on the evening of Aug. 4 along Broadway, for a combination citizen education and drunk driving enforcement detail that coincides every year with the first night of Musikfest activities in Bethlehem.
The message was simple. Enjoy the festival. Have fun. But don’t get behind the wheel if you are impaired.