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.
West Pittston Police