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Chief Scott Henry Awarded Citations
“We are good people, this county. This is home. This is my state.” Chief of Police and Director of MU Public Safety Training Institute, Scott Henry reflected on his time and sense of purpose throughout his 36 year career in law enforcement. Chief Henry was surprised on Monday, October 26th, as local and state officials gathered to award him citations. An air of honor and gratitude filled the room.
Deborah Rudy, who is the Field Representative for PA Senator Joe Scarnati, read from Chief Henry’s official citation, which has been sponsored by the Senator. “In the finest spirit of public service, he’s demonstrated exemplary knowledge, ability, and integrity in carrying out his many responsibilities.” A copy of this citation will also be admitted in to the House of Representatives in Harrisburg.
State Representative, Clint Owlett was in attendance, and commended Chief Henry for his dedication and commitment, as well as his creativity in coming up with new ideas for the best ways to train and prepare cadets for the future.
“I think, when you look at Mr. Henry and the work he’s done, that shows us how great our law enforcement is: very well trained, care about the community,” shared Fred Keller, US Representative of the 12th District. “For him to receive the awards from the VFW… Those are the people who fought for our freedom, keep us free, agree with the ideals that make America great. That recognition from the VFW, I think, so important. And, really shows the character of Mr. Henry.” Mr. Keller’s comment was in reference to Chief Henry’s receiving of the 2020 PA VFW John RADKO Police Officer of the Year Award, in addition to the VFW National Law Enforcement Officer Award, in September.
Tioga County Commissioner, Erick Coolidge also honored Chief Henry with thanks and a citation.
Chief Henry attributed his success to the good people he was fortunate to work with throughout the years, saying, “It’s the quality of folks that I have worked with. It’s a team approach. And, whether it was my time with Williamsport City, or certainly my time, many years, with the State Police and here at the University, I’m grateful to have this opportunity.” He finished his touching response to the recognitions by addressing the state and local representatives in the room. “I look around, and you know, you’re all good people. And, I guess that’s why we’re here today.”
When considering Chief Henry’s career first as a police officer, and now as a training officer, it is impossible to measure the positive impact he has had on our local communities and state as a whole. We are deeply grateful for the dedication and service of Chief Henry and those who have worked alongside him.