Community remembers late chief
The borough of North Catasauqua hosted a public memorial service Aug. 22 for the late Kim Moyer, the borough’s police chief who died suddenly and unexpectedly July 13 at the age of 68.
A large crowd of family, friends and police officers from neighboring municipalities gathered at Catasauqua High School to honor the life and memory of Moyer. The departments of North Catasauqua, Catasauqua, Northampton and Coplay were also joined by the Bethlehem Mounted Police, as well as honor guards from Allentown and Bethlehem departments.
Moyer’s importance to the community was evident from the attendance alone, but the moving eulogies given by his closest colleagues and loved ones gave a complete description of the inspiring humility that made him such an outstanding civil servant.
Mayor William J. Molchany spoke of his decadeslong friendship with Moyer, recalling how the two would reminisce about the changing times throughout their years of service in North Catasauqua.
Molchany credited some of Moyer’s success to his strong sense of what problems can truly be solved, quoting some of the chief’s signature phrases: “It is what it is” and “You can’t fix stupid.”
In his eulogy, borough council President Peter Paone said Moyer’s character and dedication served as an inspiration to everyone he worked with. He defined character as what you do when no one is looking and went on to describe Moyer’s disinterest in any public praise or attention.
In fact, despite his many years as police chief, Paone said, the borough struggled to find a photograph of Moyer. This was just the attitude of a man who was committed to doing his job and doing it right, with no ego or hopes for popularity, Paone said.
Since Moyer’s death, the chain of command in North Catasauqua has been upheld by Cpl. Chris Wolfer, who also spoke at the memorial service. Wolfer described Moyer as the greatest mentor in his life as well as a leader and friend to everyone on the police force.
Moyer was well known for his strict “by the book” attitude, Wolfer said.
“If he ever caught you in a lie,” Wolfer said, “you knew you’d be fired. If you were straight with him, however, he would always be there to listen and offer support.”
Veronica Moyer echoed descriptions of her late husband’s dedication to his officers and his community, saying that he took the job personally and worked 24/7/365. Despite that, she said he was dedicated to his family just as much as his work.
Although Moyer’s life was too short, his family, friends and co-workers agree his memory and legacy will live on through all those who continue to serve the borough of North Catasauqua.