The opportunity to serve as Chief of Police of the Lockport Police Department has been an absolute rewarding part of my 29 year law enforcement career.  This past year has been one of trying times for our small agency with all the recent events within our community and surrounding areas.  This past Tuesday January 28th., I personally witnessed the dedication and desire of the members of this department for its community again.  Having to brave extreme cold temperatures to provide the basic services we do every day and many other calls associated with weather conditions, they not only provided those services with pride and a sense of accomplishment but they braved the cold weather exited their patrol units to assist a parish employee who was by himself dumping sand on the approaches to the Company Canal Bridge on Crescent Avenue in an attempt to keep the roadway open.  Without the approached being sanded the bridge would have to have been closed to vehicular traffic.  Without being asked or directed by anyone they personally took shovels into their hands and began hand spreading the sand on the approaches making it passable to vehicular traffic.  Their efforts paid off, the bridge was able to remain open to vehicular traffic throughout the 2 day weather event.  Time after time I have witnessed them go beyond the call of duty for the betterment of this community.  Many times those efforts go unnoticed. I once read the following quote-“Feeling appreciated is one of the most important needs people have.  When you share with someone your appreciation and gratitude, they never forget you.  Appreciation will return to you many times. “Steve BrunkhorsWith that said I would like to say thank you to the members of this department for your commitment to the people of this great community we serve.  I’m proud to say I am your Chief. You could have simply sat in your unit, and watch the lone worker work tireless for hours, but you were willing to go the extra mile.  Your efforts may seem small to some but if we sit back and look at the big picture, your efforts not only helped a lone worker hopefully return home safely to his family -it also helped provide a safe passage for our citizens traveling to and from work and a passage for vital services such as fire and medical.

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