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PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILAbove: Corporal Thomas Slapinsky cuts the cake during his retirement celebration, held Jan. 19 at the North Catasauqua Municipal Building. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILAbove: Corporal Thomas Slapinsky cuts the cake during his retirement celebration, held Jan. 19 at the North Catasauqua Municipal Building.
Right: Slapinsky is joined by North Catasauqua Mayor William Molchany and Police Chief Kim Moyer at the luncheon to celebrate his years on the police force. Right: Slapinsky is joined by North Catasauqua Mayor William Molchany and Police Chief Kim Moyer at the luncheon to celebrate his years on the police force.
PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMILCorporal Thomas Slapinsky joins friends and officers from adjoining municipalities at his retirement luncheon, held Jan. 19 at the North Catasauqua Municipal Building. PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMILCorporal Thomas Slapinsky joins friends and officers from adjoining municipalities at his retirement luncheon, held Jan. 19 at the North Catasauqua Municipal Building.

Borough honors retiring corporal

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Celebration luncheon held for 30-year veteran Slapinsky

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.