Lion’s Pride Award Recipient – Lower Moreland Township Police Department, Huntingdon Valley Fire Co. #1 and Lower Moreland Township Emergency Management
(Presented on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at the School Board of Directors Meeting.)
(Rich Worthington, Chief Herwig, and Chief Hasson are pictured above with Board Member Alan Steinberg)
On April 16, 2013, the School Board recognized the Lower Moreland Township Police Department under the Direction of Chief Peter Hasson, Huntingdon Valley Fire Co. #1 under the direction of Chief Ronald Herwig and Lower Moreland Township Emergency Management under the direction of Rich Worthington and Robert Scholly, Jr. The Board began by asking for a moment of silence for Captain Michael Goodwin of the Philadelphia Fire Department who lost his life in the line of duty on April 6th and for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The loss of Captain Goodwin demonstrates the bravery that embodies those who serve in police, fire, and emergency management. These brave men and women rush in to situations from which the rest of us are rushing out. We can go about our daily lives with the sense of safety because of the work that they do.
The Board’s desire to have this recognition stems from the assistance the departments provided to the District and the Lower Moreland community during Hurricane Sandy and after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. The Police, Fire Company, and Emergency Management have been our partners for many years with our Safe Schools Committee and in a myriad of other ways. But after these events, the District was relieved to know that they were just a phone call away to help us look at our safety measures and provide advice and insight. Our administrators were able to meet with our Police Department within days of the Newtown tragedy to review our safety plans. Out of this meeting, the Department offered to do regular walk-throughs of our school buildings so that they could get to know the layout of our schools and our students and staff members. Detective MacDonald also has been involved in helping to train the greeters at our school entrances to ensure that we are properly screening visitors to our buildings.
The Police, Fire Company, and Emergency Management have been involved in our Safe Schools Committee for many years. This involvement means that they attend a monthly meeting for usually half a day, which represents a major commitment of their time. In between these monthly meetings, the departments are working with our building staffs to check our fire and emergency alarm systems and procedures to make sure they we are in compliance and following best practices. The departments are also there whenever we call with a question or concern. They are truly partners of the School District in every sense of the word.
So it is with deep gratitude that the Board of the Lower Moreland Township School District recognizes the departments with the Lion’s Pride Award.