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Stories that touch you – Charles Attig

Rosa Attig holds up a photo of her son, Charles Attig Jr., who died while serving as a Shamokin Dam Police officer on June 10, 1983 after being shot.

Rosa Attig holds up a photo of her son, Charles Attig Jr., who died while serving as a Shamokin Dam Police officer on June 10, 1983 after being shot.

Every once in awhile as a reporter, you do stories that really touch you and really move you.

For me last week, it was the story of Shamokin Dam police officer Charles Attig Jr, who was shot in the line of duty in 1983, 30 years ago today.

Here’s the story I ended up with.

But what the story doesn’t tell you is that this story was one that just gripped me from the beginning. It is tragic, but the hero, “Charlie” as he was known, was a great guy and deserves to have his life celebrated for the great thing it was.

As you can see from the comments on the story, he touched just about everyone he came into contact with, acting as not only a good police officer, but as one of the people I talked to said, “a good neighbor too.”

His family and friends remember him as a great guy who only wanted to help others. It really affected me, in a way I can’t explain.

Please read the story and let me know what you think.

 

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Chief Zerbe: Which side are you on?

It’s what has become one of the most hotly debated topics in the Valley – whether or not embattled Chief Donald Zerbe should be allowed to walk away from allegations he offered speeders the opportunity to donate to the Hartleton Playground Fund or whether he should face the music.

Zerbe wasn’t too nervous at a hearing yesterday. He was also supported by Hartleton’s mayor at the hearing.

And people online seem to be behind him mostly, as well. Here’s just a small sampling of comments from a Facebook post yesterday:

ZerbeWhat’s the right thing to do?

I don’t know – there’s a fine line to walk between punishing people for wrongdoing and letting them completely off the hook.

What do you think – do you support Chief Zerbe?