On this day, we're all aware that one of the true meanings of Christmas is giving unto others, but once in a while it's okay to pick out a gift for yourself right?!? So what better Christmas gift to give yourself than the gift of retirement?!? Officer Karl Spidel(pictured in the middle), who joined the Lititz Borough Police Department in June of 1995, ended his tour of service this morning at 0700hours. Members of the Department were on hand this morning as he made his final radio call officially placing himself out of service.
In addition to serving the citizens of Lititz Borough for the past 22 1/2 years, he also served in two tours during Operation Iraq Freedom as a member of the Army National guard. During his time in Operation Iraqi Freedom he was struck by shrapnel after and IED explosion, causing significant injuries too which he was able to recover from. Due to the injuries he received during his service to our nation he was later awarded the Purple Heart Medal, a medal that he'll tell you is not one that anyone wants to receive, but nonetheless thankful that he was able to serve his country and live to tell about it.
On August 5th, 2015, at 0005hours he was dispatched to a residential house fire on Center Street. A neighbor had called 911 to report their neighbor's house was on fire. Arriving moments later and believing the occupants were inside, asleep, and unaware their house was on fire with the fire spreading rapidly, Officer Spidel forced open the front door, entered the home, and was able to awaken the residents escorting them to safety as the fire department was arriving. Due to his actions during that incident he was the recipient of the 2015 Lititz Borough Police Department Medal of Valor.
A Tampa, Florida native, he looks forward to returning to the Tampa area as often as possible, especially during the cold PA winters. Locally he'll continue to serve as the Sr. Vice Commander of the Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463, and last but not least he's looking forward to spending quality time with family and friends.
Godspeed Officer Karl Spidel, enjoy retirement!