Chief’s Last Ride Celebrates His Retirement

Chief's Last Ride Marks Change of the Guard

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – With a celebratory, roughly 10-mile road trip that represented a highly praised 32-year career in law enforcement, Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz (at top, and above at left) officially retired Friday (June 12, 2020) from the township police department. He won’t rest on his laurels, though; Foltz within weeks starts in a new private-sector corporate job soon to be announced by his employer.

Chief's Last Ride Marks Change of the Guard

The police tradition of a ceremonial “last ride” (above) was accorded Foltz by a parade of vehicles including units from other departments that lit the way with emergency lights flashing. It streamed from its start in Douglassville and across familiar township streets: Armand Hammer Boulevard, East High Street, Sunnybrook Road, North Keim, North Adams, Mervine, and North Charlotte streets, and Bliem and North Pleasant View roads.

Chief's Last Ride Marks Change of the Guard

The caravan finally pulled into the parking lot of the police station and municipal building at 2199 Buchert Rd. Lines of family members, friends, fellow chiefs and officers, and many well-wishers (above) were assembled there: waving, applauding, yelling, and showing their thanks.

The chief thanked them as well, talked briefly about his life’s journey to date, and was presented with commendations. He joked, too, with friends and colleagues as photos were taken with them, and he hugged members of his immediately family in other pictures for memento albums.

Chief's Last Ride Marks Change of the Guard

Friday also marked the first day as acting chief for police department Lt. William “Wil” James (above at right). He chauffeured Foltz over the last ride route, and later posed for photos with his former boss. Both smiled happily.

Photos by Allison Foltz and Gary DeRenzo