Lt. Edgardo Colon, commander of the Fogelsville station, said the arrest of Brandin Lee Kasick underscored the importance of having a modern police station, and he dedicated the renovated barracks to the men and women who serve there.
Troopers, local law enforcement officials, family, friends and dignitaries, such as U.S. Rep Charlie Dent, Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin and Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, Colonel Francis J. Noonan, gathered in the Upper Macungie Township building meeting room for the ceremony Sept. 28.
“State Troopers are always well organized,” said Capt. William Teper, Jr., commander of the Bethlehem station, “But we always have a Plan B.”
Plan A was to hold the ceremony outside the renovated station, but rain changed that plan. The Township building is next door to the barracks, which is also owned by Upper Macungie.
The station was built in 1993 with the State Police on the first floor. The second floor had been occupied by the Liquor Control Board, but has been vacant for a while, Colon said.
That gave the State Police room to grow.
Cramped into the first floor, the Troopers didn’t even have an interview room to interrogate suspects. Now the Troopers have two interview rooms, larger patrol rooms, new locker facilities, a gym and enough space to move in the State’s Computer Crimes Unit.
The Computer Crimes Unit does forensic analysis on any type of electronic device. There are only five state computer crime labs, and the one in Fogelsville covers an area from Hazelton to Philadelphia, said Trooper First Class Mark Mackachinas.
The unit moved from Bethlehem to Fogelsville in July, Mackachinas said, giving the forensic team five or six times the space.
The Fogelsville station is the largest and busiest in Troop M, Teper said. “After working in Fogelsville, a Trooper will have enough experience to work anywhere in the State.”
Troop M has stations in Fogelsville, Bethlehem, Belfast, Dublin and Trevose.
“I see the bravery and acts of honor performed by these Troopers,” said Commissioner Noonan. “and in the [Alburtis] double homicide, I see the hard work that caught the [suspect] … “It’s not the building that makes the Pennsylvania State Police great, it’s the men and women in the building.”
Pennsylvania State Police Call of Honor
I am a Pennsylvania State Trooper, a soldier of the law. To me is entrusted the Honor of the Force. I must serve honestly, faithfully, and if need be, lay down my life as others have done before me, rather than swerve from the path of duty. It is my duty to obey the law and to enforce it without any consideration of class, color, creed or condition. It is also my duty to be of service to anyone who may be in danger or distress and at all times so conduct myself that the Honor of the Force may be upheld.