2009-04-30 / Local & State

Dinner Held For Former Boro Police Officers


Members of the local community and fellow law enforcement and emergency responders recently showed their appreciation for former McConnellsburg Borough police officers Chief Gary Long and Sgt. Doug Thomas with a special retirement dinner held at the Peckwood Tavern.

Organized by a committee overseen by McConnellsburg Borough Councilman Lee Rager, the covered-dish dinner on April 19 had several surprises, including the presentation of plaques, letters of appreciation and a police cruiser cake specially prepared by employees at Lincoln Way Market. In addition to Rager, fellow councilmen James H. Smith and Michael Chilcote were in attendance for the dinner that drew approximately 60 people from the community.

According to Rager, letters of appreciation penned by Fulton County commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, Daniel Swain Jr. and David Hoover II were read and presented to the two former borough police officers. The officers, who were accompanied by their wives, were also given retirement plaques donated by several community members.

The McConnellsburg Borough Police Department was disbanded at the stroke of midnight on January 1 after contract renewal discussions over a several month period were unsuccessful. Finances were cited as the number-one reason in disbanding the two-man department by Borough Council, which received varied public comment in preparing for the proposed elimination of the police unit.

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