chief remembered as a humble cops cop
William Shultz was a cops cop.
speaker made that point on Friday at a memorial service
for Shultz, the Nanticoke police chief who died on Aug.
17 at 61 after a battle with cancer.
myself fortunate to have been a part of his career,
said Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis,
the first of seven speakers to share memories of Shultz
with his family, friends and law enforcement colleagues
in the auditorium of Nanticoke High School.
Shultz made it
his personal mission to protect and serve
the residents of Nanticoke, Salavantis said.
that mission early. He became a police officer in Plymouth
Township at 18, the youngest age possible, and when
he took the reins of that department Shultz was one
of the youngest police chiefs in Pennsylvania at 25.
He served as Plymouth Townships chief for more
than 10 years, then left to join the Nanticoke police
force in 1990.
It seemed strange
to some that Shultz gave up a chiefs position
to become a patrolman with a new department, said Tony
George, former Wilkes-Barre police chief and the citys
I need to do more, George said.
Shultz gave young
cops one piece of priceless advice, according to George.
While it is important for police officers to study and
train hard, situations will arise on the streets where
you will have to play it by ear and
officers need to be ready for that, George said.
Shultz as one of the rare people he considers to be
State Rep. Gerald
Mullery, D-Newport Township, grew up in Plymouth Township.
He recalled Shultz as a local legend during his boyhood
in the 70s and 80s.
Shultz was ahead
of the curve when it came to the concept of community
policing, according to Mullery.
in the street, Mullery said. He would stop
and talk to us. He knew our names, our parents, what
sports we played.
He knew us, he cared about
us, we knew him.
of Shultzs humility and reluctance to take credit
for his many achievements.
He was all about
the work, said Chester Zaremba, a former Nanticoke police
chief and state trooper.
himself in the job as no one else could, said
Zaremba, who was Shultzs boss as Shultz worked
his way up the ranks in the Nanticoke police force to
detective sergeant and later captain.
so hard, in fact, that Zaremba began to worry he might
said, he talked to another veteran officer who knew
me to imagine someone who has a hobby he enjoys to the
maximum, Zaremba said.
be tough when needed but he had a passion for helping
those in need, said Michael McGuire of the state Attorney
said Bill is the guy you want to show up if one of your
family members needed help, McGuire said.
For Shultz, family
his wife Anne Marie, his son William Jr. and
his grandchildren was the only thing even more
important than his passion for police work, McGuire
would ask Shultz to go out for food and beer after a
long day, McGuire recalled.
McGuire, Shultz would decline politely and reply:
going home to see the most beautiful girl in the world.