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Scholarships presented in memory of Plumstead officer


Explorers Post 57-08 representatives presented two Joseph Hanusey III Scholarships at the Plumstead supervisors meeting last week.

The post was formed in 2013 for ages 14 to 20 in honor of Officer Joseph Hanusey, who was killed in the line of duty in May 2002. It follows the same structure as police departments with cadets exploring the experiences of police officers. They meet every other week and conduct community service and fundraising. An Academy Week is held each year to gain even more law enforcement experience.

“The post captures the essence of Joe Hanusey’s life in the way he served his community and especially its youth,” said Plumstead Police Officer Tom Rutecki. He said that a wide range of law enforcement is explored, including prison, probation and parole and state game commission work. Officer Joseph Lastowka explained that some of the experiences instill leadership qualities and teach conflict resolution.

Eris Hanusey, Joseph Hanusey’s brother, presented a $2,000 scholarship to Iain Dadura, a graduate of Central Bucks High School East who will attend Bucks County Community College in the criminal justice department. He would like to attend the municipal police academy as well. Daniel Lutkins received the second $2,000 scholarship and plans to attend Temple University in criminal justice. He is a Council Rock High School North graduate and would like to enter federal law enforcement as a career.