The Elizabethtown Borough Council had a special recognition for a police lieutenant who retired and for the policeman promoted from detective to take over as the police force’s second in command.
Shane Deardorff was promoted from detective to lieutenant effective on Monday, Sept. 11. His promotion was recognized at the Borough Council meeting on Thursday, Sept. 21, the first meeting since the promotion took effect.
“As lieutenant, he is second in command of the police department,” Police Chief Jack Mentzer said.
Deardorff took over the duties of Lt. John R. Emrick Jr., who retired after serving on Elizabethtown’s police force since 1991. He was promoted to detective in 2006 and to lieutenant in 2012.
“I think I can speak for Lieutenant Deardorff; he misses him already because it’s all on his shoulders now,” Mentzer said.
Emrick was a police officer in Hummelstown before joining the Elizabethtown force. Mentzer said he met Emrick when the two of them were serving in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard which was deployed as part of the war with Iraq in 1990, officially known as Operation Desert Storm.
“I guess evidently, I persuaded him to apply to Elizabethtown,” Mentzer said, adding: “He just has given so much to this community.”
Emrick was presented with proclamations from elected officials including U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker and state Rep. Dave Hickernell. The proclamation from Hickernell’s office was also signed by two other state legislators: Rep. Mindy Fee, because Emrick lives in her district, and Emrick’s brother, Rep. Joe Emrick, a Republican who serves a district in Northampton County. Mentzer presented him with a framed box containing mementoes from his career including the badge that he used on the job.
“I wasn’t expecting all this – although I did see that box in your office,” Emrick told Mentzer. He also emphasized that the successes he had in his career were part of a team effort.
“If we didn’t have people filling in the schedule and stepping up to the plate every day, it wouldn’t happen,” Emrick said.