Borough honors retiring corporal
North Catasauqua held a celebration luncheon Jan. 19 to honor 30-year veteran Corporal Thomas Slapinsky.
Those in attendance at the event, held at the municipal building, agreed Slapinsky leaves the borough with a legacy of service and dedication to the residents of North Catasauqua.
A 1969 graduate of Freedom High School, Slapinsky celebrated his 30-year anniversary with the department Nov. 23, 2017.
While he was on the police force, Slapinsky worked with the Upper Saucon Ambulance Corps and Northampton Regional Emergency Management Services. He said he plans to continue working with these organizations.
As a start to his second career, Slapinsky recently completed a round of testing and qualifications to work with Lehigh Valley Health Network at the Cedar Crest Boulevard, Salisbury Township, location.
“Eventually, I hope to move over to the Muhlenberg (Bethlehem) location because it is right near my house,” he said.
Slapinsky said he was surprised at the amount of training and the number of tests he had to undergo before he could be a Lehigh Valley Health Network employee.
“I had been on the police force, so we didn’t have any detailed drug testing. They took a hair sample, so they could test it and be sure I was not smoking,” he said.
Slapinsky received praise and congratulations from the 50-plus friends who attended the luncheon. His custom cake featured a days-gone-by picture that most found enticingly humorous.