Horsham Recognizes Retiring Police Dispatcher

Horsham police and elected officials pay tribute to police dispatcher Joseph Lutz, of Hatboro.

During emergencies, police dispatchers are generally either calm - as in a dog urinated on a homeowner's lawn - or adrenalized for major emergencies. 

But, not when Horsham Township Police dispatcher Joseph Lutz was on duty.

"It was all the same," Horsham Township Police Chief Robert Ruxton said during Wednesday night's Horsham Township Council meeting while honoring Lutz for his eight years of service. "Joe kept everything calm, kept everybody on the street even keeled."

The former Hatboro Borough Councilman and long-time Enterprise Fire Company member retires this week from his dispatching post. 

As Ruxton jokingly shared that without Lutz, he will now be the oldest on the rolls, Lutz, rising from his seat in the audience, wiped away tears. 

"Young man, you will be missed," Ruxton said. 

Horsham Township Manager Bill Walker echoed those sentiments. 

"Joe is an exceptional employee," Walker said, adding that he was "amazed" that Lutz was always about to keep calm. "He was always courteous. I’ve never heard him speak in a bad tone to anyone."

But, Lutz, while sharing highlights throughout his career, said that his ability to stay "cool, calm and collected," was "more dumb luck than skill."

Joe Repkoe January 10, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Good man....he will be missed!
Patricia Fleming January 10, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Great job Joe. Congratulations on your retirement.
Ruth Leombruni January 10, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Joe was one of the best dispatchers I have ever had the pleasure to work with..We will miss him and we wish him all the best....
Mike P. January 10, 2013 at 08:34 PM
From PennDOT I will miss 202
Joseph Lutz January 11, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Thanks Mike for all of your past help JWL/202
Gary Bissig January 11, 2013 at 08:34 PM
I will miss you Joe. You were such a big help to me over the years. Please know how much it ment to have you on the other end of the radio! Good luck in your retirement!


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