Twenty-four hours after discovering that two plaques honoring Fallen Police and Fallen Firefighters had been cut off a memorial and stolen in the middle of the Juniata Golf Course, the plaques have been recovered.
Yesterday, Bob Wheeler, General Manager of the Juniata Golf Club, told the Juniata News that discovering the missing plaques brought him to tears, and as a retired Philadelphia Police Officer, he really took it to heart.
This morning around 11:15 am, Wheeler said that an elderly gentleman drove into the parking lot of the Golf Course in a pick-up truck that he uses to gather scrap material. The man told Wheeler that he was at the scrap yard at Richmond and Tioga Streets this morning and stated that he always looks around before leaving. Today he found two bags, half filled with dirt, that included the two plaques.
Wheeler said that he believes the man’s story, and doesn’t think he was the one who took them.
Bryn Marshall, Assistant Manager of the Juniata Golf Course, said that the Police plaque is damaged pretty badly and they will look into replacing it. The Firefighter plaque is in better shape.
The Juniata Golf Club is now talking about having security cameras installed when the memorial is fixed.
If you would like to assist in helping to repair the memorial, the Juniata Golf Club can be contacted at 215-743-4060.