SANATOGA PA – For Sheldon Simpson, chairman of the Plymouth PA Township Council, saying “thanks” wasn’t something to be accomplished by phone, or by e-mail, or though the Postal Service. He wanted to offer his appreciation, and that of his local government and citizens, personally.
That brought Simpson, Plymouth Manager Karen Weiss, and Police Chief Joseph Lawrence to the Lower Pottsgrove municipal building last Thursday (Jan. 24, 2013), enabling them to shake hands with and say thank you to Lower Pottsgrove’s Board of Commissioners and Chief Michael Foltz for help they offered following the September 2012 shooting death of Plymouth Police Ofc. Bradley Fox.
Fox, a Gilbertsville resident, was fatally wounded in the line of duty Sept. 13, during a confrontation with a hit-and-run suspect. The shooter also was killed. Police departments from across southeastern Pennsylvania, and from other states too, sent contingents to Plymouth to assist in everything from traffic control to honor details as Lawrence and his officers dealt with their grief as well as an investigation of the tragedy.
“He was an outstanding young man with a bright future,” Simpson said of Fox, “and we’ve had a rough time fighting our way through this,” he added of Plymouth’s citizens. “But people like Mike,” he said, pointing to Foltz, “they gave us help with no questions asked. There was nothing out of bounds, nothing they couldn’t do. We just can’t thank you enough.”
Lawrence also offered his personal thanks, and noted Foltz himself had handled some administrative work while Lower Pottsgrove officers provided mutual aid.
Commissioners were in awe. “When Rod (township Manager Rodney Hawthorne) told us you were coming and why, I just couldn’t believe it,” board President Jonathan Spadt replied. “We’re a bit humbled by this, with everything else you’ve had to deal with,” Vice President Bruce Foltz added.
“Well, I think you’ve got to do something like this in person,” Simpson said. “An e-mail just wouldn’t do it.” And with that, all three Plymouth representatives shook the hands of all commissioners and staff members assembled.
The Plymouth group is also visiting every other township that provided assistance. “It’s taking us awhile, but we’re going to reach everybody,” Simpson noted.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Jan. 24 meeting):