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PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHMacungie Police Department Officer Todd Bernhard helps clear a table on a very busy Sunday morning at the Bear Swamp Diner, along Main Street in Macungie. Borough officers were at the diner, along with Santa E. Claus, for a Coffee with a Cop event held to help officers engage with the public. PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHMacungie Police Department Officer Todd Bernhard helps clear a table on a very busy Sunday morning at the Bear Swamp Diner, along Main Street in Macungie. Borough officers were at the diner, along with Santa E. Claus, for a Coffee with a Cop event held to help officers engage with the public.
Macungie Police Department Officer Anthony Campanell serves coffee to Russ and Debbie Scholl, of Alburtis, at the Bear Swamp Diner Dec. 16 during a Coffee with a Cop event to promote community interaction. Macungie Police Department Officer Anthony Campanell serves coffee to Russ and Debbie Scholl, of Alburtis, at the Bear Swamp Diner Dec. 16 during a Coffee with a Cop event to promote community interaction.
Macungie Police Department Officer Kyle Bernhard and his fellow officers, don aprons and help a very busy wait staff at the Bear Swamp Diner Dec. 16 during a Coffee with a Cop community outreach event, which coincided with a visit from Santa E. Claus, of Lower Macungie, packing the establishment with adults and youngsters. Macungie Police Department Officer Kyle Bernhard and his fellow officers, don aprons and help a very busy wait staff at the Bear Swamp Diner Dec. 16 during a Coffee with a Cop community outreach event, which coincided with a visit from Santa E. Claus, of Lower Macungie, packing the establishment with adults and youngsters.
PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHMacungie Police Department Officer Todd Bernhard takes time to engage young Christopher Jurkiewicz Jr. at a Coffee with a Cop community outreach event Dec. 16 at the Bear Swamp Diner in Macungie. Behind him, dad Christopher Sr. encourages the youngster, telling the East Penn Press photographer he was a Press local paper route carrier in the early 2000s. Across the table, PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHMacungie Police Department Officer Todd Bernhard takes time to engage young Christopher Jurkiewicz Jr. at a Coffee with a Cop community outreach event Dec. 16 at the Bear Swamp Diner in Macungie. Behind him, dad Christopher Sr. encourages the youngster, telling the East Penn Press photographer he was a Press local paper route carrier in the early 2000s. Across the table,
Saying they wanted a photo with the “cop who arrested the Grinch and saved Christmas,” this family poses with Macungie Police Department Officer Todd Bernhard at the Bear Swamp Diner Dec. 16, at a Coffee with a Cop community outreach event. The youngsters are Hannah, left, and Tavilla Cox. Mom, Rachel Ricigliano, and grandma Eve Riciliano wanted to thank the officer also for his Christmas good Saying they wanted a photo with the “cop who arrested the Grinch and saved Christmas,” this family poses with Macungie Police Department Officer Todd Bernhard at the Bear Swamp Diner Dec. 16, at a Coffee with a Cop community outreach event. The youngsters are Hannah, left, and Tavilla Cox. Mom, Rachel Ricigliano, and grandma Eve Riciliano wanted to thank the officer also for his Christmas good
Taking a moment to pose with Santa E. Claus, of Lower Macungie, at the Bear Swamp Diner, are, from left: Macungie Police Department Officers Kyle Bernhard and Anthony Campanell, diner owners Cheryl Benner and Emilio Orna and Officer Todd Bernhard. Taking a moment to pose with Santa E. Claus, of Lower Macungie, at the Bear Swamp Diner, are, from left: Macungie Police Department Officers Kyle Bernhard and Anthony Campanell, diner owners Cheryl Benner and Emilio Orna and Officer Todd Bernhard.

MACUNGIE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

Serving takes on a new meaning for police officers

When they raised their right hands and swore to “serve and protect,” four Macungie Police Department officers probably did not have in mind that oath would include helping to pour coffee and clear tables for an overflow crowd at the Bear Swamp Diner, along East Main St. in Macungie at a Coffee with a Cop community outreach event Dec. 16.

Officers Todd Bernhard, Kyle Bernhard, Anthony Campanell and Richton Penn donned aprons and pitched in to aid the wait staff overwhelmed with the response to the police event and a visit from Santa E. Claus, of Lower Macungie. The diner was packed with adults, youngsters and extended families caught up in the spirit of the season.

One patron offered his coffee cup for a fill-up and said he was a little startled to see the waiter with a handgun on his hip. Shifting his gaze upward, though, he saw the badge on the officer’s polo shirt and a smile offered up with the java, and felt he was in the safest place in town.

The occasion was the opportunity to have Coffee with a Cop at a community event being duplicated in small towns and large across the country.

Officer Kyle Bernhard said the opportunity for the officers to interact with members of the community was “invaluable” and helped create bonds that would be difficult to do during regular patrol duties. Officers particularly took time to chat with youngsters and create the impression “police officers are your friends.”

Dawn Byrd, of Macungie, was thrilled Officer Todd Bernhard took the time to bend down and get “eye-to-eye” with her young son Christopher Jurkiewicz Jr. “My little guy just loves cops and fire engines,” she said, indicating the interaction would stay with the youngster for a long time. Dad, Christopher Sr., said he enjoyed the attention also, indicating to an East Penn Press photographer he had been a Press newspaper carrier early in the 2000s.

Santa also drew a lot of attention, but he didn’t serve coffee.