On December 31 st the last evening of 2020 one of Americas Greatest Generation Joseph F. Gereaghty age 96, passed away. Born December 23, 1924 Joe was from FISHTOWN, USA (a neighborhood in Philadelphia) and over the past 30 plus years lived in the “Irish Riviera” (North Wildwood NJ). He attended Immaculate Conception grade school and Northeast High school and worked as a Welder for the Kensington Ship Yard Philadelphia, PA. before joining the United States Navy on August 13, 1943. He was sent to the Naval Training Center Great Lakes, ILL. Naval Air Training Center Jacksonville, FL, Amphibious Training Base Camp Bradford, Norfolk, VA. And Gunners Mate school at Navy Pier Chicago, ILL. He was a Seaman First Class and assigned to the Naval Amphibious Forces Pacific Fleet. He served on the LST’s (Tank Landing Ships). LST-599, LST-780 and LST-824 responsible for landing troops, tanks and supplies on beachheads in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. Joe saw action on the islands of Eniwetok, Guam and Saipan. He participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in March and April of 1945 when LST-599 was struck by a Japanese Kamikaze at Kerama Retto, Okinawa April 3, 1945. For the remainder of the War they shuttled supplies between Okinawa and the Philippines in preparation for a possible invasion of Japan. He also performed occupational duty in the Far East seeing service in China until mid-September 1945. Joe was honorably discharge on December 29, 1945. For his service during World War II, Joe received the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal, China Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with one bronze battle star, World War II Victory Medal and Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia Clasp. When Joe returned home from the war he worked as a Teamster in the trucking industry for nine years. In June 1953 he joined the ranks of the City of Philadelphia Police Department and graduated with police academy class #107 and wore badge # 1951. He was assigned to the 6 th Police District covering downtown (Center City) Philadelphia, he was an acting Sergeant in the early 1960’s. In 1963 Joe was transferred and assigned to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office as a Police Officer/ DA Detective. Because Philadelphia is the only City & County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania personnel from the Philadelphia Police Department can be laterally moved and permanently assigned to the DA’s Office. They work in the capacity of a District Attorney Detective otherwise known as a County Detective, police personnel and county detective personnel work hand in hand. Joe was assigned to the Major Trial Unit working on felony cases throughout the city. Joe was also assigned to the Sex Crimes Squad, Special Investigation Squad, Private Complaint Unit, Fraud Unit, Victims/Witness Unit, Homicide Unit, and Warrant Unit being sworn in as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshall and traveling throughout the United States. During Joe’s last assignment he assisted with the reorganization of the Witness Subpoena Unit. Throughout his 15 years at the DA’s Office Joe worked under four-elected District Attorney’s: James C. Crumblish, Arlen Spector, Edward Rendell, and Emitt Fitzpatrick. Joe was married to his late wife Ann (nee Mohollen) for 67 years they had three children Margaret Dymowski (Edward), Joseph William and Diane Maguire (Michael), five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, one great-great grandson. Brother to the late John, Michael, Mary, Bonnie, Aggie and Peggy. Joe was entered into the Pennsylvania Police Hall of Fame in 2006. Joe was one of the original 13 founders of the County Detectives Association of Pennsylvania, at the time Joe was the only County Detective or the other 12 founders were all Chiefs of Detectives. Joe was also one of the co-founders of Pennsylvania Region 13 of the International Police Association. He assisted with obtaining the charter and served as the first President of Pennsylvania Region 13 for two terms. Joe was a 67-year member of the Fraternal Order of Police Philadelphia Lodge 5. Life Member of the County Detectives Association of PA & International Police Association PA Region 13, Cape May County Emerald Society, Knights of Columbus Our Lady of the Rosary Council 2527, the Loyal Order of the Mouse Wildwood Lodge 585 and Greater Wildwood BPO Elks Lodge 1896.
CDAP is saddened to notify members of Tina Marsh's passing (wife of Richard Marsh). The obituary is below:
Christina (Tina) (Uhlrich) Marsh, 71, of Souderton, PA passed away on Saturday, December 26th, 2020 at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, PA. She was the loving wife of Richard L. Marsh Sr. for 47 years. Tina was born in Ambler, Pa the late Leonard Uhlrich and the late Isabell (Nigro) Uhlrich. A graduate of Souderton High School class of 1967, Tina was then employed as a secretary for the Souderton Area School Dristrict until retiring in 2012. Tina was a devoted wife, mother and friend and enjoyed spending winters at Sanibel Island, Florida, where she spent many hours walking the beach and collecting sea shells. Her favorite past time was swimming with the dolphins. In addition to her husband Richard, she is survived by her two sons, Richard L. Marsh II and wife Loren and Daniel M. Marsh and wife Jennifer both of Souderton, PA; her three grandson, Jackson, James and Samuel. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Inurnment will take place at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 3819 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19034 www.chop.edu. Arrangements by: Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 East Broad Street, Souderton, Pennsylvania 18964. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.andersfh.com
Dues for 2021 are now payable. Please click the 'Dues Notice' button on the right to complete the form.
In addition, the Winter Business Meeting will not be held this January.
Best wishes for a happy and health holiday season.
Unfortuantely due to Covid-19 the Summer Conference and Training Institute is cancelled for 2020. Thank you and stay safe!
CDAP is saddened to report on the passing of Hank Cisco, longtime CDAP/IPA member and friend.
Hank Cisco, who gained recognition and love from the community as Norristown's "official ambassador to the world," died on Tuesday morning. He was 97.
Cisco carved out a name for himself in many arenas: from professional boxing and law enforcement to a voice of the Norristown area community.
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Funeral arrangements include a viewing at 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM and funeral mass at noon on Friday, January 17, 2020. Viewing and mass will be held at Holy Savior Church, East Main Street, Norristown, PA. Internment at St. Pat's Cemetery.
Dear Law Enforcement Executive,
Many of you may already know me but by way of introduction, my name is Mark G. Pugliese I. After serving 40 years in law enforcement, which included 35 years with West Hempfield Township Police Department in Lancaster County (17 of those years as Chief of Police), I retired in April of this year and began working for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) in the Bureau of Programs, Initiatives, Reintegration and Outreach. I quickly learned that there are many benefits and services available for veterans that I wasn’t aware of and realized that law enforcement officers across the commonwealth may not be familiar with either. I also learned that the percentage of law enforcement officers in the commonwealth that are veterans or active duty service members was an unknown. Nationally, the statistics run anywhere between 8 and 50%...hardly an exact science.
With this lack of information, I wanted to do something that could assist these officers in knowing what benefits & services may be available to them, and how to obtain them, survey law enforcement agencies to determine the percentage of officers who are veterans or active duty military members and lastly, see if there was a way the DMVA may be better able to serve the law enforcement community as well as the communities that you serve.
To that end, I am asking for your help. First, I would like to introduce you to Pennsylvania’s Veterans Registry. The PA VETERANS REGISTRY is an online application that allows veterans, family members and people who work with veterans to connect with DMVA to request information related to the valuable state benefits, programs and services offered. By connecting with DMVA, registrants can also opt-in to receive ongoing communications such as the weekly DMVA DIGEST, breaking news and other updates. Please pass this information on to your officers and staff who are veterans/active duty military members so they may get registered and stay informed. To access the registry, please use the link below:
Identifying veterans/military members in the law enforcement community is difficult, so I’m asking that you or someone from your agency complete a very short survey (see link below). It will only take a few minutes, but these valuable responses will help determine the number of veterans/active duty military numbers and provide you the opportunity to make recommendations to us. Survey monkey link is:
Finally, should you want assistance in advertising an upcoming hiring/testing process or a veteran-centric event in your community, you may do so, free of charge through the DMVA DIGEST that I mentioned above. The DIGEST is sent out weekly to almost 20,000 veterans and/or family members. Merely send the information and hyperlinks, if applicable, to RA-VA-Newsletter@pa.gov.
I would like to thank you in advance for your time and if I can ever be of assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 717.861.6577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDAP and IPA Region 13 announces dates for our 2020 Winter Business Meeting. The meeting will be held January 16-17, 2020, at the Holiday Inn in Morgantown, PA. Executive session will be held Thursday evening, followed by the Business meeting for both organizations on Friday at 1:00 PM. The cost for members to attend is $200. Attendance at the business meeting on Friday is free.
Registration deadline (for rooms) is January 13, 2020.
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Mr. Daniel J. Beky, 66, a resident of Larksville, passed into eternal life most unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, Oct. 13, 2019, in the comfort of the family residence following a recent illness.
Born Nov. 15, 1952, in Bethesda, Md., he was the son of the late Andrew and Vilma Sekel Beky. Following the family's relocation to their familial roots, Daniel was educated in the West Side schools, and became a member of the 1970 graduating class of the Wyoming Valley West High School.
He furthered his education by attaining an associates degree from King's College, Wilkes-Barre. Pursuing his vocation in law enforcement, Daniel later graduated from Municipal Police Training Academy.
Following his formal education, Dan became a patrolman for Kingston Borough in 1974. He remained active with the police force, working up the ranks to become appointed assistant police chief in 1998. In 2002, he was appointed as Kingston chief of police. He held this position for several years before he made the transition to detective for Luzerne County.
In 1997, he furthered his vocational education by attending the Federal Bureau of Investigations Academy in Quantico, Va., becoming certified to serve Luzerne County as a detective; a position he held to the day he passed. Overall, he served the local and county communities some 46 years as a law enforcement officer.
Dan is remembered by those who knew and loved him as being passionate about what he held dearly in this life. Primarily a family man, he was a devoted and "best husband" to April; a loving father, "Pop" and friend. He was also devoted to public safety and his country. His intimidating stature was only equaled by his humble and friendly persona. One of his favorite mottos was "go big, or go home." His irreplaceable presence will be greatly missed by all those he touched in this life. Dan and his wife, the former April Young, previously of Scranton, recently shared ten years of married life together. He was a member of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Wilkes-Barre.
When he was off duty, Dan enjoyed tending to his property on his tractor and was an avid Penn State fan. A lover of outdoors, he also enjoyed hunting with friends. His most cherished down-time was any occasion he had to spend with his adoring grandchildren.
Professionally, he held membership in the County Detectives Association of Pennsylvania; in 2004, he became a life member of Wyoming Valley Lodge 36 of the Fraternal Order of Police; he served on the board of directors for the County Detectives Association; served on the board of directors of the International Police Association. He was the recipient of the 2019 career service award by the County Detectives Association. Socially, Dan was a member of the 4Js Gun Club.
Left to cherish the wonderful memories they shared with him are his loving wife, April Y. Beky, at home; children, including his son, Andrew Beky and his wife, Gena, Allentown; daughter, Amy Haydu and her husband, Aaron, Dallas; and stepdaughter, Abigail Rhodes, Clarks Summit; grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Beky; Sydney and Skylar Haydu; sister, Mrs. Andrea Beecham and her husband, Lee, Taylor; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, fellow law enforcement community and dear friends.
Memorial funeral services for Daniel will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday in the rotunda of the Luzerne County Courthouse, 200 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre.
The Rev. Peter J. Haenftling, pastor of St. Matthew, will serve as celebrant and leader of worship with remarks by family, fellow law enforcement officials and District Attorney Stefanie J. Salavantis.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to join April and the family for visitation and shared remembrances from 11 a.m. until the time of services Sunday directly in the courthouse rotunda. To help honor Daniel's love of country and Penn State, the family requests those attending please wear patriotic or white and blue apparel.
In lieu of floral tributes, Dan's family would be humbled if those desiring to make a monetary donation in his memory, kindly give consideration to the , 600 River Ave., Suite 400 Pittsburgh, PA 15212 () or to the United States Marines Toys for Tots Campaign, Local Coordinating Officer: SSgt Sonlord Jean, email: email@example.com; phone: 570-332-4388 or 570-690-9170, https://wyoming-pa.toysfortots.org.
John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc. of Wilkes-Barre are honored to care for our friend, Detective Beky and his family at this time.
CDAP is pleased to announce our Summer Conference and Training Institute, to be held July 25-27, 2019, in State College, PA.
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