Retiring police officer receives send-off
09/19/2017 01:28PM ● Published by Richard Gaw
In describing his colleague Police Officer First Class Gerald Lindenlauf, Southern Chester County Regional Police Department Corporal John M. Gibson II used the words "compassionate" and "warm-hearted," and then he called him a little old fuzzball.
Joined by former New Garden Township Police Chief Gerald Davis, current Police Chief Gerald Simpson and the township's Board of Supervisors, Lindenlauf was honored in a retirement ceremony at the New Garden Township Building on Sept. 18 after 23 years in the department, and 34 years as a police officer.
In his remarks, Gibson said that Lindenlauf made himself available "to anyone and everyone with any problem whatsoever, with any questions at any time, day or night...especially commercial truck drivers," he said. "Why do you ask? It's because Gerry is one of those rare and unique individuals who knows everything about everything and has no problem conveying that to anyone, usually in a sentence ending with 'You Bonehead,' or some other colorful wording."
Gibson credited Lindenlauf with being one of the key players in the formation of the regional police department.
"It is no understatement that PFC Lindenlauf has a vast knowledge and experience that has helped our department mature and now he takes it with him, and as he progresses into the next chapter of his life," he said.
Officer Lindenlauf started his career in public safety in 1984 as a police/fire dispatcher for the Chester County Radio Room. In 1988, he began his career in law enforcement after graduating from Delaware County Police Academy. Based on his special focus on traffic safety and enforcement, Lindenlauf became one of the first municipal police officers in Pennsylvania to be certified in the inspection of commercial vehicles and drivers. During his career, he received multiple certifications and letters of appreciation for his professionalism and outstanding dedication to the law enforcement profession.
Simpson called Lindenlauf one of the four cornerstones of the department -- along with Gibson and Officers Mario Raimato and Joseph Cooper -- when he began as police chief in 2010.
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