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Troopers’ kindness brightens holiday for Del Val student


Faith Scott, a Delaware Valley High School junior known for her sweet nature and valiant spirit, was the delighted recipient of this year’s shower of gifts from the state troopers of the Kingwood, N.J., station.

School resource officer Joe Seidler has continued a tradition begun by Trooper Mike Guenther and his father, Frank, who is Del Val’s director of special services. Every trooper based in Kingwood chipped in, and their office manager, Cindy Williamson, did the shopping.

The results were ceremoniously unwrapped on Dec. 18 in Frank Guenther’s office, which was filled to capacity by well-wishers that included many of Faith’s teachers and aides, Faith’s parents, Yvonne and David, both Guenthers, Station Commander Lt. Sean O’Connor, Assistant Station Commander Sgt. Jaclyn Jirus, Williamson, Trooper Seidler, Faith’s parents, Business Administrator Teresa Barna and Principal Adrienne Olcott.

When asked what she thought when she was summoned to Dr. Guenther’s office, Faith said, “I thought I was in trouble.” That got a big laugh.

Faith beamed and thanked the troopers over each gift. She received several sweaters that were very much her style, a Google Home smart speaker and home assistant, a ShopRite gift card and a Blue Ray DVD player and burner that plugs into a computer. Artiste Salon near Lebanon donated a basket of beauty products, and matched the troopers’ money to produce a $200 salon gift card. Trooper Seidler said that Faith’s aides helped to collect ideas for gifts that Faith would enjoy.

He noted that he and the other troopers wanted “to carry on the tradition,” brighten the holiday for Faith, whom he called “a sweetheart,” and “show their commitment to the community that goes beyond day-to-day duties.”