During the recent snow storm I have come to realize a few things, for such a small community we have people that are willing to help others in the time of need. I have seen Police Officers, Deputies, Fire Fighters, EMTS/Paramedics, street crews and private snow removers that actually help each other and the public out in the time of need, some even driving their personal vehicles in order to access places that normally cannot be accessed..
Yes I have seen Manchester Township trucks plowing/salting village streets, BUT I have also seen Manchester Village trucks plowing/salting township roads, I have seen village officers standing by for wires and trees down on county roads, I have seen other people helping out.. WHY.. because this was a snow emergency and everybody is short staffed, I even offered to drive a plow truck in order to give our guys rest (when I say guys I mean 1 or 2 people) but they are dedicated and they wanted to keep going.
I did open up the community building for a warming shelter and I took the backhoe and I personally cleared the lot so residents could access the parking lot safely, Rick Collins shoveled the entire walkways by himself, the fire department and life squad was asked to respond for trees down in their area and cut them up to clear the road, because the township/county crews were tired.
YES we were on a level 3 for most of the day, it may look nice looking at the snow out the window, but when life squads get stuck trying to get to a person who is unable to breath, it is frustrating and we feel like failures.. but we did manage with the help of 4 wheel drive vehicles.
I know people are complaining because of the level 3, But it was a have to situation and we as law enforcement personnel do take situations into consideration and NO we/I did not cite anyone, it is also aggravating when someone gets stuck and you ask "where are you going" and the answer is "just riding around". LOOK.. I understand if you have to get to work, go pick up family members because of no electric/heat or other emergencies that is acceptable and I understand... I will even help you with my truck if need be.
I just wanted to take a moment and let people understand that WE as a county try and help each other, we may go and help the sheriff's office out and than get asked why was a Manchester Cruiser in Rome.. BUT stop and think if it was your're family that needed help or were scared because their alarm went off.. would you not want the first person there to help.. I think I would, regardless of what jurisdiction they were from.
I just noticed that Adams County employees/people come together to help. I came from and worked in a much larger City/County and most employees would not come out unless they got paid for it... Well I know in Manchester (as well as other areas) they did a lot of volunteer assistance. I am strictly salary so when I am out past 4 or on the weekends it is because I care and I truly like to help others and I do not make any extra for it, nor have I taken a vacation since I have been here.. NOT complaining.. But most of us leave our families to help yours and I do know that some of you really appreciate it.
I honestly love serving the Village of Manchester as the Chief of Police and I have come to love Adams County... It sure beats the heck out of city life.. But please take a moment and consider what the city,county,state and township employees have done in order to survive this snow emergency, most of the things you may not see unless you ride around with them or follow them.
I appreciate all the help from those that were there, and I would like to thank others who helped people in need and pray that everyone stays safe,warm and fed and if you need anything call us.. we will try and help if we can..
Sorry for the long post..
Chief Jeff R. Bowling
Manchester Police Department