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Police Win Couple’s Thanks For Fast Response

Brookside Road resident Ron Guerra, as he distributed letters of thanks Thursday to Lower Pottsgrove commissioners and the township police chief

SANATOGA PA – Fast action by Lower Pottsgrove police and other emergency first responders, even though the emergency itself wasn’t as severe as initially feared, helped put the minds of two worried grandparents at ease during an incident that occurred Jan. 11 (2017; Wednesday) in the Brookside Road home of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Guerra, the township Board of Commissioners has happily learned.

Guerra appeared Thursday (Jan. 19) at the board’s meeting to publicly thank the officers, whose names he did not know, Police Chief Michael Foltz, and commissioners for the department’s actions on behalf of himself, his wife, and their grandchild.

Guerra explained his wife had been babysitting the child when it was involved in a fall. She feared the baby had been injured, became “extremely” anxious, and immediately dialed 9-1-1. “Thankfully,” he noted, the child was unharmed, but no one knew that at the time. “Within two minutes,” he added, the police officers who arrived in separate patrol cars were leading a brigade of others responding to the call.

“They were courteous,” Guerra said of the officers. “They took charge. They offered immediate help. We want you to know how tremendously appreciative we are of the response we got when we cried out for help,” he concluded. Then he distributed copies of the couple’s prepared letter of thanks.

Board members were stunned but obviously pleased by the unbidden endorsement.

“This is priceless for us to hear,” commissioner Earl Swavely Jr., the retired chief of the West Pottsgrove Police Department, told Guerra. Good or bad, fellow commissioner Ray Lopez added, the public should never “feel out of place anytime” to tell board members about police or any other township service, “but we especially like it when it puts a smile on our faces!”

Foltz was candid, after the meeting, in talking with Guerra. “When people mention ‘police’ at a public meeting like this, you never quite know what they’re going to say,” the chief told him. “I’m happy our officers did so well.” Guerra asked if the chief would determine which officers were involved, and convey his family’s thanks. Foltz held up a copy of the Guerras’ complimentary letter and promised, “I’ll make sure this gets into their personnel files.”

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