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Middletown police chief honors two businesses for community support

By Dan Miller

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Posted 2/14/18

Middletown Police Chief George Mouchette is recognizing two borough businesses and one veterans organization for their support of the police department.

Mouchette on Feb. 8 presented plaques to …

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Middletown police chief honors two businesses for community support

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Middletown Police Chief George Mouchette is recognizing two borough businesses and one veterans organization for their support of the police department.

Mouchette on Feb. 8 presented plaques to the owners of Roberto’s Pizza at 23 S. Union St., and to the 7-Eleven store at Main and Union streets.

Mouchette said he also plans to similarly recognize the Middletown Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Roberto’s supports National Night Out every year and is also known for providing food to assist police and others whenever there is an emergency, such as the big fire that occurred at Pineford in April 2016, said Middletown Police Officer Mark Laudenslager, who accompanied Mouchette in presenting the awards.

“Whenever there has been any need for food in a crisis, they are the first ones to go to. They are the first ones to always help us, always, never a question,” Laudenslager said of Roberto’s.

“Some businesses come into a neighborhood and kind of just accept money from the community,” Mouchette added. “This is a business that gives back to the community and supports the community.”

“You’re supposed to give back,” Roberto’s owner David Kitner said in accepting the plaque. “You are supposed to help the people that help you. I appreciate the cops. I appreciate what they do.”

At 7-Eleven, owner Vinny Mundi already has a plaque hanging on the wall in his office recognizing Mundi for donating money so the Middletown Police Department could buy Tasers.

Mouchette told Mundi he should display the plaque in the store so everyone can see it.

Mundi has also donated money to support police dogs. Last year, he donated propane tanks that were used to cook food in Hoffer Park during National Night Out.

Mundi keeps a jar by one of the cash registers in the store where customers can drop in change to support local law enforcement.

“We collect all year long and give the money to the police at Christmas,” said Mundi.

“He gives us the tools we need to help the community,” Mouchette said of Mundi. “When I asked the police who should get this award, they immediately said 7-Eleven. As police officers, we want to support the people who support us.”

Mundi has owned the 7-Eleven franchise since 2001. He lives in Middletown.

“I love my police department and I love Middletown,” he said.