For many, Police Officer John Yeager is a beloved member of the Falls Township community and now he has an award to prove it. The Levittown Memorial American Legion Post 960 made Officer Yeager its first ‘Officer of the Year.’
Yeager is involved in numerous community programs, including the Youth Police Academy and overseeing the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program at local schools. He also stood with his students of the Citizens Police Academy as they graduated in front of the Board of Supervisors.
Post Commander Edward Crohe III called the officer a role model for his peers and the community who embodies “the true meaning of patriotism.” Yeager has served for 33 years and is even a source of advice for his supervisors.
“This is truly an honor,” Yeager said. He will now be nominated for national recognition, according to Crohe.
“It’s a great sense of accomplishment when you can impact people in a positive way,” Yeager said last week on Speak Your Piece. “I’m towards the end of my career, I’ve got a couple more years to go, and I want to make a difference in this community. I want to leave an imprint here with our agency, and I believe in doing these programs, that shines through.”
Crohe also commended Yeager for being involved with paper shredding events, the Community Town Watch, clothing donation bins, and giving “countless hours of his time” to his community. Officer Yeager also received an appreciation plaque on Oct. 31 for his support and partnership with the Langhorne Army Recruitment Station, one of many such accolades.
“The Falls Township Police Department is very proud of Officer John Yeager and everything he has done for our community,” his peers posted on the Falls Township Police Department Facebook page. “Well deserved, well earned. Congratulations Officer Yeager.”