On Wednesday May 1, 2014, students from Liberty High School and staff members came to the Bethlehem Police Department with Thank You cards, treats and hoagies.
Students from Liberty High School approached their student government and faculty and requested to do something to show their appreciation and gratitude to all the Police, Fire and EMS personnel who responded to Liberty High School on April 16, 2014.
On behalf of the City of Bethlehem Police Department and all of the personnel, I would personally like to say THANK YOU to the all the Liberty High School students, parents, staff and faculty for what I believe was the greatest thank you ever expressed to the Police Department. I have been a police officer in the City a very long time, and I truly do not remember anything like this before.
I was presented with a stack of thank you letters from students and staff about our response. There were several boxes of small gift bags with treats and thank you notes attached to them. I made it a point to read several dozen of them. Some were very heartfelt. Other were funny about “what we learned from the lockdown” and a then serious thank you note. Others were simple and to the point “thank you for being there when we needed you.” They expressed the thoughts and feelings of the students and staff there that day. Whatever way the thank you was expressed, the notes hit home to the many police officers that responded that day; many that are parents of children.
To the students at Liberty High School, the staff and faculty, the parents of the students who took time out of their busy schedules, to all involved in this gesture to present the Police, Fire and EMS Services with lunch and express their gratitude, again, I personally what to say THANK YOU to all of you for your cooperation and patience on April 16, 2014, and for the delicious lunch and treats you prepared and brought into Police Headquarters today.
Your gesture and actions show a strong set of values that we need in today’s society and in our future leaders.
Mark A. DiLuzio
Chief of Police