Rotary Picks Long As Person-Of-The-Year

POTTSTOWN PA – Pottstown Police Det. Heather Long (above), a juvenile detective and forensic interviewer with the department since July 2010, has been selected as the Pottstown Rotary Club 2015 Person of the Year, it announced Thursday (Aug. 13, 2015).

Long specializes in investigating child abuse and sexually based crimes. She is a member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force, the county Sexual Assault Task Force, and the multi-disciplinary team at the Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center. She also is a trained forensic interviewer for Mission Kids.

The Rotary Club annually recognizes a member of the greater Pottstown community for outstanding contributions in areas such as the arts, business, education, health care, non-profit public service, and government service.

A ceremony and buffet dinner to mark the presentation of Long’s award is scheduled for Sept. 9 (Wednesday) from 6-9 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion in Riverfront Park. Tickets are publicly available for adults ($20) and children ($10), and must be purchased in advance by calling William Brogley at 215-704-2943, or by sending him an e-mail, here.

This is not the first time Long has been recognized for outstanding service to the borough; she also has been honored as Pottstown Police Officer of the Year. She additionally was recognized by the county District Attorney’s Office for her work on a child rape case, in which a 71-year-old offender pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison.

Long currently serves as president of the Pottstown Police Officers’ Association. During the past five years, she organized its annual fishing derby for children; and during the past three years she organized the annual Gregg Boyle Memorial Golf Outing.

Long graduated from Mansfield University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in human development psychology. She has been employed by the department since January 2007.

The Rotary Club of Pottstown supports a number of programs in Pottstown, including, literacy building, the Pottstown Halloween Parade, student scholarships, Operation Backpack, and Meals on Wheels. The club also sponsors the Pottstown High School Interact Club, a service club for high school students.

Photo from the Borough of Pottstown; logo from Rotary International