WEST ROCKHILL — Meeting the night before Thanksgiving, the Nov. 27 Pennridge Regional Police Commission meeting included notes of thanks recently received for actions by department officers.
One, from a parent of a Pennridge High School student, thanked Sgt. Timothy Maloney for the morning police patrols and greeting students at the high school.
"Thanks for doing what you do. You are truly making a difference," the parent wrote in the note read aloud at the meeting by Chief Rodney Blake.
Another was to thank officers Stephanie Kolb, Brian Lehman, Dan Forbes and Donald Bartholomew.
"Over the past month, we have had to call for police assistance twice. Both times the officers responded quickly and professionally," the note said. "Each officer took the time to put my family at ease and kept us updated on the situation. Please thank them and let them know we appreciate their service for our community."
That note was for a case in which a neighbor dog had gotten loose, Blake said.
Still another note was sent to the department from the Bucks County Tour of Honor for the department's assistance in escorting World War II veterans from West Rockhill retirement communities to go to Bensalem where the veterans got a bus to Washington DC to visit memorials, Blake said.
"The logistics and coordination of an undertaking of this sort requires an incredible amount of detail and adherence to a tight schedule. To that end, I acknowledge your department for going above and beyond by providing escorts through intersections and on roadways," the note said. "Your support not only aided the trip itself but was also a fine tribute to our veterans, many of whom commented on the outstanding police presence and support."
Board member Jim Miller said a friend told him about his appreciation of Off. Samantha Adams who came through the neighborhood while children were playing and stopped to talk with and play with the children and introduced herself to the parents.
"They thought that was fantastic," Miller said. "They really, really appreciated what she did, so I just wanted to pass that along."
In another matter at the meeting, the board approved its schedule for next year's meetings. The meetings are on the fourth Wednesday of the month through October — Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23 and Oct. 28 — with the November meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19 and the December meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Pennridge Regional Police Department covers East Rockhill and West Rockhill. The Pennridge Regional Police Commission meetings start at 7 p.m. at the police station on Ridge Road.