It is with heavy hearts that we write to share the news of the recent and untimely passing of our Chief of Police, John Frye.
Chief Frye joined the Township in 2021 after retiring from the Cheltenham Township Police Department where he had a long and distinguished career culminating with achieving the rank of Chief. He came to Schuylkill with goals to achieve accreditation for our department, build stronger community relationships, and invest in what he recognized immediately to be an exceptionally talented and dedicated police force. Though his time here was cut far too short, he achieved those goals.
Under Frye’s leadership the Schuylkill Township Police Department became accredited in 2022, joining the ranks of only 149 out of over 1,100 other police departments in the Commonwealth.
Though the internal work is important, Frye believed that the success of a local police department correlates directly to its reputation and involvement in the community. So, he spent his time getting to know the people that he served. Frye supported the department’s community outreach efforts and the creation of new events like Brew with the Blue, and Cones with a Cop. He fostered relationships with the school district, and stressed the importance of ensuring that our officers have a constant presence in the community.
Chief Frye was a man of integrity who dedicated his life to serving and protecting others. He was unwaveringly focused on those that he served and the officers that he led. An immovable force when it came to the protection of those in his charge.
We are proud to have had him here in Schuylkill for the time that we did; we only wish we could have had the honor of seeing what more he was destined to accomplish. We will miss you greatly, Chief Frye. Thank you for your service to our township.
Information on Chief Frye's Celebration of Life can be found here.