PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 4, 2019) -- The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police honored 93 officers and traffic guards during the second annual Years of Service Recognition Ceremony Dec. 3 at the Community College of Allegheny County.
Officers and traffic guards were honored for working 25, 30, 35 or 40 years for the Bureau. The 19 Crossing Guards who were recognized represent 582 years of service to the city, while the 74 officers represent 1,980 years of service to the city.
“I am truly honored and blessed to have worked with each of you at one time or another,” Police Chief Scott Schubert said. “The city is blessed to have the likes of you out there protecting us. The work you do, putting your lives on the line each and every day, is truly incredible. … Knowing we have you out there is something I will forever be grateful for as a friend, as a colleague, and as a resident of Pittsburgh.”
Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich thanked crossing guards for shepherding students to school in all types of weather, and officers for choosing Pittsburgh.
“You could have gone elsewhere, you could have taken a job with a suburban police agency likely with more pay and more predictable shifts, but you did not," Hissrich said. "You chose Pittsburgh. You made this your home and vowed to stay here and stand guard. … This is a hard job and often thankless. But you stayed with us. And the city of Pittsburgh is a better place because of you.”
Mayor William Peduto thanked Police for being a steadying force through the city's decades-long transformation.
“You have been the steady rock that has been the stabilizing force in a city did not know if it had a future let alone what that future may look like,” Peduto said. “You dedicated yourself to one thing -- to serve the public, to keep law and order, to protect the children so that they had a future, and to let people know that they have a city that truly does care about them. I’m here tonight to share two words with you, from the 310,000 people who call this city home and the hundreds of thousands of people who visit this city every day: Thank you.”