Last updated: February 19. 2013 8:03PM - 362 Views

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This week we experienced the passing of a valued member of the law enforcement community. Too often in our busy lives, we forget to say thanks to these individuals who had had a direct and long lasting impact in our lives.

Chief Richard A Simonson (West Pittston police retired) was one such individual. He served in a variety of roles from colleague, boss, husband, father, grandfather, and especially that of a friend. As such, he was never too busy to lend a listening ear or helpful hand to those in need.

It is for that reason I will always remember the Chief's smile and words of wisdom.

His final ride was in the front seat of a West Pittston police car (to his resting place).

He was not only my friend but he also guided me along life's path.

Anyone who knew him knew his famous words: Keep your powder dry.

I will really miss you, my friend. I'm a better man because I knew you. Rest in Peace and Keep your powder dry.

William Stout

West Pittston Police


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