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Editor's Voice: They recognize heroes when they see them

Posted 4/9/13

Leave it to the Middletown American Legion Post 594 to recognize local heroes in law enforcement and firefighting. After all, what better organization to honor our local heroes than an organization that represents veterans of our military – heroes …

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Editor's Voice: They recognize heroes when they see them

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The post named two local police officers and a local firefighter as its annual Police Officer of the Year and Firefighter of the Year.

Middletown police officer Mark Laudenslager won for maintaining stability during recent turmoil involving the department, including contentious contract talks with the borough and the turnover in the police chief’s office. He was nominated by his peers’ bargaining association, the Middletown Police Officer’s Association.

Lower Swatara Twp. detective Robert Appleby won for manning the township’s criminal investigation division by himself in 2012, including a rare homicide in which he “got most of the major evidence that led to the arrest,’’ said Chief Richard Brandt.

Jason Brown, a Lower Swatara Fire Department firefighter, won for working extensive hours on fire calls, administrative duties, fundraising – that never stops for volunteer fire companies – and training, said Fire Chief Chris DeHart.

We commend all three for their dedication during trying budget times, in difficult situations, for going beyond the norm to make their departments better. Society is well-served by such efforts –  and these public servants don’t get enough recognition for the work they do. Congratulations!

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