Jefferson Hills Council Stands By Decision To Cut K-9 Officer

JEFFERSON HILLS (KDKA) — Dozens of people packed a Jefferson Hills borough meeting.

The borough laid off Fritz, its K-9 officer, for 2011, but the community wants the dog back on the force.

“No other officer on our force can match him when it comes to running, locating drugs or finding people,” one resident said. “His keen sense of smell, tracking ability and speed alone make him unmatchable by human abilities.”

Fritz was laid off due to budget cuts.

“The major cost is the comp time,” Christopher King, Jefferson Hills Borough President, said.

The wife of Fritz’s handler, Kim Gawlas, disputed the council’s cost evaluation by handing out copies of her husband’s pay stubs. She says there are funding solutions.

“We have citizens who have brought money in, I have funding that was from the attorney general’s office that is available if the borough would accept it,” she said.

Emotions ran high during the meeting, but the council stood firm on ending the K-9 program for now.


One Comment

  1. Marilea H says:

    I hope the council puts the K-9 officer back on duty. Fritz loves doing his job it is what he was breed to do. If the citizens of that borough are willing to fund the cost then there should be no reason not to put him back on active duty. He is a strong asset to the force.

    1. citizen says:

      The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy. ~Woodrow Wilson

      No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. ~Abraham Lincoln

      A civil servant is sometimes like a broken cannon – it won’t work and you can’t fire it. ~George S. Patton

  2. Kristinpgh says:

    What about the drug dealing motels down on rt 51 ?? So I say to Jefferson Council are you going to get down on the ground and sniff cars? SAVE OUR K-9 UNIT!!!

  3. Daniel says:

    A political decision that is pennywise and pound foolish.

  4. Donna says:

    Totally ridiculous. Many boroughs would die to have a great police dog, and our borough won’t accept our money to keep him. That is just crazy. Accept our donations and save Fritz. Looks like these council members don’t want re-elected.

  5. porchhound says:

    He must have sniffed out some council stash or a brother-in-law’s…if it looks like stupidity it is usually corruption!

    1. LOLA says:

      You hit the nail on the head!

  6. joe roller says:

    The obtuse clowns on that council need to be voted out of office.

  7. Suellen says:

    It was a very frustrating & disheartening meeting last night.

    There is no logical reason that I can see to maintain Fritz’s unexpected dismissal.
    All problems proposed by Council & by Interim Police Chief Maple were met with reasonable solutions (simple policy modifications, financial backing/donations, etc.), and many taxpaying citizens expressed their heartfelt desire to reinstate him into OUR community. A young lady stood at the podium with her Mother’s arm around her and bravely, through many tears, expressed to Council what Fritz means to her, and to her classmates, and begged them to reconsider.
    But, according to them, it is over & done, “the dog is GONE”.

    I am so disappointed in my Council, the Interim Chief, and in the Mayor – who was instrumental in this decision, but was not in attendance last night.

    1. Monoco says:

      I guess the decision is … “doggone!”

    2. Sheri says:

      I think the citizens of this town should hire them back or a nearby town should hire them. What will happen to the dog if they are not hired back? Will he be sold to someone else?

      All of these council members should be voted out of office. Our town is voting out all of the school board members and all of the city council members. It’s just unfortunate that they are not all up for reelection this year.

      1. Suellen says:

        The citizens absolutely DO want to hire him back, that’s why the meeting was so emotional & volatile. It’s the Concil & the Interim Police Chief who won’t allow it in spite of all of the proposed solutions.
        Fritz is still currently living with his handler & family, Officer Chris Gawlas, which is good because they are very, very bonded – have been a “Team” for years.
        And yes, the residents of Jefferson Hills absolutely ARE working on voting out the Council. Khalil, Reynolds and Weber (I think) are up for re-election this spring. BUh-bye!!

      2. kippersun says:

        We will not forget these actions!

  8. Kate T says:

    Once again the people who are suppose to be representing the people in their community are not listening, replace them.

    1. Vietvet says:

      Sounds like it is time to bring in a new group of council members who will listen to “We the people”. Vote them out. There you see problem solved. Oh and rehire the dog.

  9. kate911 says:

    The people are in charge. The council, mayor and police chief are YOUR representatives. Do what it takes to remove and replace them when they are not representing you or your community. Stop letting them dictate to you.

  10. Justin says:

    According to the Chicago Tribune’s independent study:
    Tribune analysis: Drug-sniffing dogs in traffic stops often wrong
    January 5, 2011 9:41 PM | No Comments

    Drug-sniffing dogs can give police probable cause to root through cars by the roadside, but state data show the dogs have been wrong more often than they have been right about whether vehicles contain drugs or paraphernalia.

    The dogs are trained to dig or sit when they smell drugs, which triggers automobile searches. But a Tribune analysis of three years of data for suburban departments found that only 44 percent of those alerts by the dogs led to the discovery of drugs or paraphernalia.

    For Hispanic drivers, the success rate was just 27 percent.

    1. Ron A says:

      This report doesn’t take into account that these dogs are trained to alert on the scent of drugs, so because there was no drugs at the time of the search, there could have been drugs in the care prior to the search and what the dog is alerting on is left residue from the drugs. Works the same way with explosive detection dogs. Drugs or explosive could have been in the car months before and the dog can still detect the smell.

      1. Larry Smith says:

        Yes Ron – poor people buy used cars. Cars that were used for things they had nothing to do with. Their crime is being poor. Their penalty is harassment and unnecessary and unwarranted search and seizure.

      2. Michelle says:

        No, poor people lease expensive cars. People who are smart with their money buy used cars.

        Governments that are smart with other people’s money budget enough to keep a police dog in action.

    2. JLin says:

      What if the dog was smelling residue of drugs? There do not have to be a bunch of chock-full baggies for a dog to get an alert.

    3. an EX Chicagoan says:

      Lol, Chicago?!? I wouldn’t trust anything I read from there & lived there 30 some years. You used to be able to get the truth from Mike Royko, but he is gone.
      If Chicago says its bad, it must it reality, be good. The most backwards low IQ town. Maybe only Detroit is worse. If the dog is bad, it was trained by someone from Illinois.
      No one believes anything from Chicago, Illinois.

  11. VoiceofReason says:

    Serves the people of Jefferson right. They continue to vote in corrupt knuckleheads and jerks! A mayor that was going to leave and take a job in Philly anyway on day one over a well known retired police sergent. And then they bring back the same corrupt chief that cost the tax payers over $100k in court costs to get his job back. He’s as corrupt as the day is long and by the way is not even legal under the PA state laws to be a chief. Interesting how a little Podunk borough can usurp laws.

  12. Mr. Wil says:

    This is America. Put up the signs and start now the recall now. The only way to effectively resolve issues like this is at the voting booth.

  13. Phil says:

    Oh those racist dogs.

  14. GFunk says:

    These dogs have to be worked on a daily basis, and if it isn’t the dog loses his ability to do what he was trained to do. The Council, Mayor, and Police Chiefs are a joke.

  15. amplitude jones says:

    Sounds like he is TOO GOOD- as in, someone on the council does not want to get caught at something.

  16. Ratt says:

    For Hispanic drivers, the success rate was just 27 percent.

    I don’t believe that for one minute.

  17. Al says:

    Somebody should check out the council crooks and find out who is on the take. Somebody DOES NOT WANT THIS DOG ON DUTY! That’s why they are not interested in funding alternatives, or free money from your AG’s office. If he is busting drug hustlers and such, somebody has a vested interest in seeing that he is retired. Wake up people!

    1. colleen says:

      Thanks Al! are you a resident? We would love to meet you at the meeting on Monday!

  18. Sean Patriot says:

    Will he get 52 weeks of Unemployment?

    1. Shockly says:

      Good one!

  19. RC says:

    You have to be kidding. Of all the money saving steps that COULD be talken they elect to remove the K-9? What is that going to save the town, $2000

  20. festus says:

    is this dog in the UNION? you gots to be in tha union to werk for the guvment now. hail to obamao

    1. spock says:

      Sad but True, come on the unions work so well just look what they did here in NYC drinking beer while plowing!!

  21. buffalo says:

    Town of White Salmon, Wash. did the same thing. Citizens rallied to keep “Justice”, the police force canine, on the payroll.

  22. Cigar says:

    Cut a bureaucrat not a COP or Fireman… But NOPE you can’t do that…

  23. Nick says:

    As stated these are elected officials….Start a revolution and take steps to get them removed from office if you are unhappy. We citizens forget the power we can have, which are within our constitutional rights if we just organize and fight for what we believe in. Hold a protest, rally, etc. What would our founding fathers have done if they were unhappy with government?
    As far as the tribune article…Do a search and you will find that K9 noses are very accurate, even more so then many robotic sniffers used today.

  24. walter12 says:

    I am sure that the dog is worth much more than the whole city council combined.
    Keep the dog and instead get rid of the city council.

  25. spock says:

    i am sure there DPW union workers are still employed. See the first to go with Libs is the police and /orany thing that works!

  26. CaseyLast says:

    A few simple questions

    Have the politician;s, civic leaders, of that borough taken a pay cut? These economic times are un-parallel to anything that has happen since the great depression. It requires corrective actions that will still allow law enforcement at all levels, yet cost must be reduced.
    The first major indicator that the USA is on the road to economic doom is when Russia and China decided not to trade in the US Dollar. If other countries follow that trend, inflation and unemployment will reach levels unlike those levels reached during Great Britain’s financial collapse in the 1970’s.. Historically, trends, conflicts always seem to repeat themselves somewhere down the time-line. Yet, nations, governments, Rulers, etc., never use the past as a point of reference for what is plausible and leverage the knowledge that can be gleaned from the past. Do a little research, keep your on commodities, which will drive inflation to unprecedented levels. The people can no longer afford to the municipal, state and the Federal Gov’t be out of control.
    “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government…”
    -Thomas Jefferson

    History hold the key.

  27. Nope says:

    it’s Obama’s fault.

    1. yogiman says:

      Do you think Obama might be afraid Fritz might identify him?

    2. Kool Menthol Barry, DC says:

      Sir, you sound like a typical white person

      1. NotBammy says:

        You don’t, Soerto.

  28. Get rid of the only honest cop you have. What a shame!

  29. Tom says:

    The dog has costs that are alot more than the public knows.
    I commend the council for making a tough decision.
    If the officer wants to keep the dog on the force, I suggest that he pay for the extra costs himself.

    1. Suellen says:

      I am confused… Why would Council hide “additional costs” associated with Fritz, when it would only serve to strengthen their position of his dismissal?

      As far as Officer Gawlas paying for aforementioned “additional costs”, I think it is important to remember that he is not the only one who wants Fritz reinstated, hence the highly emotional/volatile meeting last night!

      And financial support/donations are being freely offered by the taxpaying residents, but have thus far been rejected.

      Any information/specific dollar amounts you have on additional expenses would be of great use towards sorting this out in a way that benefits everyone…. Share, please?

    2. bbob says:

      heck, it’s a cop, he drinks and smokes…i think laying off a minority is wrong

  30. Crack head says:

    I’m moving to your neck of the woods, seems you are legalizing drugs..thanks idiots!

  31. Hank Warren says:

    Slaves love their enslavement. Useless, overpaid cops (K9 and otherwise), yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  32. Dan says:

    wow! lay off a officer who doesnt even get a real pay check, That will definitely cut the budget.

  33. yogiman says:

    Considering our nation of today, maybe the council should be laid off based on their way of thinking..

  34. Steve says:

    I don’t get it… Do they rent the dog? Does he get some kind of weekly paycheck? I don’t understand… What are they funding?

  35. Monoco says:

    Aw comeon now! Just let the dog go already. A drug dog is bad for the economy. I need my drugs and steal to buy the stuff. My stealing causes people to buy replacement things and stores to order inventory. Then I sell the stuff, generating sales and business. What wrong with you people! Just kidding! Boy what a bunch of fools elected in this town!

  36. rex dart eskimo spy says:

    The dog must have sniffed out an illegal alien and violated his rights by enforcing the law.

  37. Ornley Gumfudgen says:

    Oh come on now. Ya folks know th real reason. Monoco is on ta it even if th rest of ya aren’t. Th reason th dog is let go ain’t because he’s costin th community too much on th payroll. It’s because he’s too damn efficient an th folks on council are afraid it’s gonna negatively affect thair own personal finances. When thair’s so much fat ta be trimmed from a budget, hittin on one of yer most efficient ta criminal activity ain’t protectin th community or makin thangs any cheaper.

  38. Ornley Gumfudgen says:

    If anythang, this is gonna cost yer community more as a result of increased criminal activity an sensible folk decide ta live an shop somewhare else where it’s safer fer them an thair families.

  39. Paul Fleming says:

    Since the council doesn’t want to listen to the citizens start the recall process.

  40. MWalters says:

    Sounds like a council full of drug dealers that doesn’t want anyone sniffing around in what they are doing!

  41. Tommy Truth says:

    Looks like the glue factory for Officer Muttley, good job doggie, now become glue for our envelopes!

  42. Dan says:

    They say no other officer can match FRITZ when it comes to running or finding drugs…..Perhaps they should hire a crack head…they are amazing, they don’t eat, run fast because they are skinny and could smell a ball of crack in a haystack!

  43. Sandy says:

    Hey stupid people, You dont run the government anymore! Dah!

  44. Dave Sisak says:

    Good job Fritz! You can walk the sidelines with me for doing a great job! That seems to be the trend.

  45. colleen says:

    We the residents and taxpayers in Jefferson Hills need to rally together and keep on council about this K9 program. That meeting last night was a joke. It seems that there is something personal going on between Council/Mayor/Chief Maple and Officer Gawlas, that this is more of an attack and punishment. They can’t sit behind the response, it was a budget cut. The businesses of Jefferson Hills and surrounding areas have held numerous fundraisers. Kids went to school and had petitions signed. Officer Gawlas’ wife has a grant from the Attorney General’s Office. Don’t tell us it is the money, we are giving you the money. So they say, it isn’t the money that is needed for taking care of the dog, but the overtime hours that Office Gawlas puts in to go to other municipalities. Ok, CHARGE THEM! Set up a law/rule whatever that if another area needs Fritz and Officer Gawlas, that they will pay Jefferson Hills for their services. Councilman Khalil stated he would “pay another department to bring in a dog.” WHY? We have a dog here to do the work! Councilman Weber said, he does not like the idea of an “outsourcing” program. Ok, so get public relations to handle it!

    Call the Mayor’s hotline…since he missed the meeting last night, that he should have been at, please call him and tell him what you think. Here is the number…you don’t even need to look it up! 412 – 653- 0979. Please tell Mayor Green what he needs to hear.

    Former Mayor, Mary Larcinese (sorry if I spelled her name wrong) spoke last night. She is the one who fought for the program in the very beginning. She turned to us residents and said, get a large group, more than in this room tonight, and pick a few good speakers then speak. Get to the school board meeting. Know the facts.

    So that bring up some questions…for the residents to take the the school board. Why can’t the dog go through the halls of TJ and sniff around? Who are we protecting? Students? Teachers? Counselors? WHO?! The school board loves that the dog visits the elementary schools for the DARE program, why can’t he go to the high school where there is a known drug problem? Hmm…sounds fishy to me.

    I contacted Big Ben’s foundation before the meeting, I was told that the deadline for applications was in August. Ok, so we have next year…but since last night’s meeting, I emailed again. I wanted them to pass this quote along to Ben. One of the council members said last night, (I can’t remember which idiot it was who said this…) “A highly trained police officer can sniff out drugs as good as a dog.” The room erupted in laughter. What an ass! I would love for Ben to hear/read that, and see what kind of people we are dealing with.

    As for our council. I think once we find out who is up for re-election, there will be more people then ever running. If you ask me, get rid of all of the council members and the Mayor…who can’t even attend a meeting…start over from scratch. It could only get better…can’t get any worse then this!

    1. Suellen says:

      It was Councilman Weber who made the crack about a well trained officer being able to detect drugs in cars as well as a dog can.

      1. colleen says:

        thanks….I couldnt remember which one it was!

      2. Lynn says:

        A well trained dog can do the same job a councilman!

  46. stinky says:

    they can’t afford dog food? i don’t know about this but doesn’t the dogs go home with the officer? how much could this really cost

  47. Fred says:

    Why do the City Council want to end the K9 program. Do they like drug dealers? There must be more to this story that we don’t know. Check out and see if any of the Council members are related to any drug dealers???????????? Or family members.

  48. Upgrayd says:

    Jefferson Council blew it on the Wal-mart situation, and now with the K-9 Officer. IT’S TIME TO REPLACE THIS COUNCIL!!!!!

    1. colleen says:

      could not agree with you more!

  49. ben says:

    Remember McVicker and how we the tax payers had to buy his house because of the corrupt council? Well this group is no better. Vote the bums out! We need to clean house in Council and with the corrupt school board in this boro.

  50. ben says:

    gather the pitchforks and torches for the next council meeting

  51. d.max says:

    I drove through this borough ALMOST daily when I lived in and around Pittsburgh…
    They are more worried about pulling over drivers doing 2-3 MPH over the limit, than fighting REAL CRIME !!!

  52. Greg says:

    We need officers finding violent criminals not busting people for drugs which they consume into their own body.

  53. bill h says:

    I guess since the Canine American vote is non-existent, this sort of thing happens. Hopefully Fritz will be wearing a new shield for a new municipality in the near future.

  54. Skip says:

    well if they really want to save money why not lay off the council I can promise you they have never caught one drug dealer.

  55. Taylor TJ :o) says:

    fritz really changed my life I watched him sniff out drugs in a demo and in a split second that dog found the drugs. At that moment I felt safer to be living in Jefferson Hills. But know that feeling of comfort is no longer within me. I collected 112 signatures. If that doesnt say how much Frtz is love than I dont know what will! I love you Fritz1

  56. PA K9 Assistance Foundation says:

    Police specialty units such as K9 feel the brunt of politicians whims more frequently than the general citizenry can imagine. A majority of K9 units rely on donations from their community to fund and support their teams. These donations can vary from financial to food, vet care, equipment, or all of the above. Many K9 units, especially in Pennsylvania, DO NOT recieve any funding from their departments and must rely solely on donations to fund the costs associated with their unit. The majority of the cost is during a teams establishment and can cost upwards of $22,000.00, not including a vehicle or it’s equipment. Yearly maintenance cost of a K9 team can cost about $3500.00. Additional funding for these units can be obtained by governmental or corporate grants, through non-profit organizations such as the PA K9 Assistance Foundation, or from the generosity of individual citizens or businesses. It is unfortunate that the elected officials of Jefferson Hills chose to eliminate this unit. Properly trained and deployed K9 teams have proven their value time and time again throughout the world. Their ability to search for and detect people and scents is unrivaled. I would hope that the borough council finds enlightenment and realizes the tremendous mistake they have made and reinstates the team to its full potential without any harmful consequences.

  57. Capt America says:

    I think it is great that these policitions fired this K-9 officer. All you people in Jefferson Hills who like drones keep electing liberal democrats get what you deserve.
    Capt America

  58. Tiredgirl says:

    We have a great police force. I love and trust our officers in Jefferson hills. But there is something fishy in the Dept and on council. School board needs new people too. The majority have been on forever and while they put in a lot of time they don’t recognize what’s important to us anymore. It’s great there are a few people on council and school board that think the way we do but they are on the minority and are powerless w/out our help, support and attendance at meetings. We need to take back our community! And what’s up w Maple being hired even on an interim basis?!!!! I miss former Chief Reagan! Je was the peoples Chief. Not that smug sob who sat there like Jana the hut last night!

  59. James Woods says:

    Don’t worry when the population becomes restless because of the soviet union style government we have police will be plentiful to confiscate firearms door-to-door.

    Remember the PA commercials with the government telling you “we know what you have and where you are”.

    Remember that the Governor tried to get the state police to spy on political opponents.

    Remember that PA courts say that we must rent apartments to illegal aliens.

    So yeah when a government has a chance to cut someone in law enforcement that serves the people they will. But when it comes time for the police ot be used against the people you will have a cop on every corner.

  60. Lonni Clarke says:

    Please, please, please, can I have him? My last old dog just died, and I have a jumbo dogdoor, a fenced acre, and no one to spoil rotten! Come to me, Fritz!

  61. Darkrunner says:

    There is something weird going on here. And I’m from Michigan, not a local.

    1. Suellen says:

      LOL, You can smell it all the way up there, huh?

  62. Suellen says:

    I joined Fritz’s Facebook group; “Save Jefferson Hills K-9 Program”… It has some good information & interesting discussions. Just though people might be interested in knowing about it 🙂

  63. Perseus317 says:

    The people who favor keeping the dog should also keep a record of who voted to terminate the dog’s services and who voted to keep the dog. Then they should start a campaign against the council members who they disagree with. If a majority of voters agree that the leaders should no longer serve on the city council, then they should be replaced. Nothing gets the attention of politicians faster than a possibility of being replaced in office by somebody else.

    1. dan says:

      Again people don’t run the government. Just shut up and deal with what happens to you…isn’t that what started this country

  64. Hooter says:

    Can you Yankees recall your elected officials?

  65. smokehouse56 says:

    All I can say is that this must be one hell of a dog to elicit this kind of response from the citizens. I live on the other end of the state and wish you well. Throw the bums out!

    1. Tiredgirl says:

      He IS one he’ll of a dog, as is his partner, Officer Gawlis! My kids feel safe at community events when they are there because they know no one is going to bring in drugs! They also consider our police officers their friends and local celebs. It’s the corrupt council we need to boot!

  66. TKittie says:

    Podunk?? seriously? does that person ever know where Jefferson is? ugh

    Ive known Chris & Kim for eons now & this isnt just a dog we are talking about, Fritz is a family member to them so its more than “just sell him to another town”. He’s trained to work with Chris, wont listen to commands said by others. I agree there is someone on council/mayor/chief that has personal issues here.

    off topic but it was mentioned.. i thrilled the scam-mart deal didnt go through, have you seriously looked around the one in west mifflin? do we want that here?

  67. Jack Maple Hitler says:


  68. Jack Maple says:

    Chris King is an idiot, always was

  69. Council President Chris King says:

    Now I can smoke weed at Peter’s Creek like I did in high school and not worry about getting caught

  70. TKittie says:

    i just blazed a phatty wooooo im sooo cool now.

    This is about Fritz, who the hell cares if you get stoned

  71. colleen says:

    meeting scheduled for Saturday an 8th, 1pm at large firehall. Discussion and plans for future meetings. If you support Fritz and the Jefferson Hills K9 program, this is a meeting to be at!

  72. Taylor TJ :o) says:

    I was hoping to get some Jefferson Hills kids to tell council on Monday how much Fritz means to us and how much he is an asset to the D.A.R.E. program and community. Take it from someone who has reall watched what Fritz does and its so amazing. He has left his pawprint on so many people in the community. I love you Fritz!

  73. colleen says:

    Residents!!!! There is another council meeting Monday, Jan. 10th at 7pm!

    Please SHOW UP at this meeting in support of the K9 Program!

    We are asking all residents to arrive between 6:30 – 6:45, sign in, and talk to someone at the door. We need your help, your neighbors help, your families help! If you have any questions please ask!

    Remember, Monday Jan. 10th, 6:30ish, Jefferson Hills Boro Building!

  74. Student in district says:

    Our school district has a huge drug and alcohol problem. Obviously some people are protecting those kids with the problems. I don’t personally enjoy knowing there is drugs in our school. Even though it is different…the chewed tobacco in the water fountains is gross.

    Stop protecting them when you know it’s wrong.

    Bring back Fritz. Unless the council wants to get on all fours and sniff out drugs. Oh and I want to see them out run Fritz too.

    1. colleen says:

      love this comment!

      here you go council…students calling other students out!
      at least some people have good strong heads on those shoulders!

      keep the comments coming everyone! let’s make this story THE #1 commented on story on KDKA!

  75. Resident says:

    Fritz loves his job and it wouldn’t be fair for him to not be able to continue it. He is not just a normal dog.

    Not only are you taking the kids’ safety away, but you’re also hurting them. If you haven’t noticed there are very many kids who are not taking this well.

  76. Debbie Everett says:

    Please sign the Petiton at SHOP-N-GO on RT 637 TO GET OFFICER FRITZ REINDTATED!!!!!!……….Thanks

    1. Debbie Everett says:

      ROUTE 837!!!!

  77. Debbie Everett says:


  78. Debbie Everett says:

    7:00PM…925 old Clairton Road….2nd floor show your face and be heard!!!!!!

  79. Bear says:

    Time to buy another gun, to offset the balance of power with the street trash

  80. jefferson all my life says:

    Many many many residents have no idea what is actually going on in this borough. It is unfortunate that so much is hidden. This is the time for the residents to take back what is theirs!

  81. Concerned Resident says:

    I think the council meeting was a complete JOKE! No one had answers for anything that was asked. I agree that something is fishy, and I will be sure to help get to the bottom of this mess. And, the mayor, he has a lot of nerve not to show up at that meeting. We can only hope that he is there tomorrow night. The comment was made that he has not been at 24 out of 36 meetings – what good is he anyways – he should be ashamed of himself. I plan to call that hotline and voice my concerns, and I think everyone else should do the same!!

    We do need to take back our community! We should be proud to live in Jefferson HIlls, however, these idiots don’t have a clue what they are doing. I do hope that everyone will come out and show their support tomorrow night. I agree with Mary Larcinese – there should have been even more people there on Wednesday night. Come on out and help save our community and Officer Fritz, he deserves your support!

    And, keep in mind everyone, that the school board meeting is next Tuesday, Jan. 18, that should be your next step. They said the dog was not utilized enough, then let’s make sure he is utilized in the building in this borough that needs it the most – TJHS!!

    These council members need to listen to the people. We are all willing to help out to get this dog reinstated!! They work for us, and they need to listen to what we are saying. We pay for them to have a job, and they can’t even give us answers!! Bring back Fritz – it’s one of the best things you can do for Jefferson Hills!!

    Remember everyone – tomorrow night’s mtg. and also just as important as tomorrow – next Tuesday, Jan. 18 at the TJHS for the school board mtg. We need answers and that’s the only way we are going to get them! Mary Larcinese also said that “strength comes in numbers”, so let’s stick together and make Jefferson HIlls what it should be!! We love you Officer Gawlas and Officer Fritz – and you have done a fantastic job over the years!! We stand behind you every step of the way!

    1. colleen says:

      very well put! I will be there tonight! of course.

    2. colleen says:

      very well stated. I will be there tonight! it will be a surprise if our mayor is there.

  82. colleen says:

    sorry, the stupid computer wasnt working, didnt think it would show up twice!

  83. Suellen says:

    Are people going to be permitted to address this issue at the meeting tonight? The way council was talking at last Wednesday’s meeting it sounded like they didn’t want to allow it. Does the “Sunshine Law” apply here, or can they really squelch all Fritz-related conversation tonight????

    1. colleen says:

      The sunshine law should be taken into consideration. We have the right to talk!

  84. Meghan Gallagher says:

    Go, residents, go. Take back this community and make it a sage place to live, work and play, especially for my grandbabies. If I lived in this borough, I would surely be at all the meetings.

  85. Strong K9 Program supporter! says:

    Hopefully KDKA will be there with us residents tonight! They were there in the beginning, and have been the #1 newstation in Pittsburgh covering this story!

    Show up, sign in, talk to the people at the door! 7pm, get there early at 6:30!

    There is rumor that they Mayor may actually show at this one….and possibly the new chief of police!

  86. Tibby says:

    i just farted…

  87. Tibby says:

    it smells sooooo good!

  88. Steelersfan says:

    I think this is a job for Rothelisberger. Doesn’t he do this kind of thing? It’s the least he could do to improve his status. These dogs are a valuable asset to any community.

  89. colleen says:

    @SteelersFan…I have contacted his foundation and the application process for 2011 is closed, we can try for 2012. This isn’t so much an issue of the dog, and the program. Council doesnt want to pay the handler as much in over time/comp time. There are many other issues here, besides the dog.

    I am upset that KDKA was not at the meeting last night. They have been with us from the beginning. Council did announce last night that they will do an audit and have the results for the council meeting in February. In the meantime, the residents plan to take up a complaint with the school board to ask why, when we have had a K9 program here, in our district, why havent they been allowed to go to the high school and do a drug sniff search? Council stated the dog and handler are used too much outside theborough, so we need the school board to asnwer this question. thanks for the support.

  90. Geogre Gaines says:

    This is why we all need to really look at margeing Poilice depaparment s so that this kind of thing do not happen

  91. Amber Alert says:

    There is a dog up on Mt Washington that had its throat slashed by an unknown assailant, Marty Griffin should bring that dog to Jefferson

  92. JoeSch48 says:

    I just found out (after telling all my friends AND donating money to save Fritz) that the real reason that Fritz is now a pet instead of and officer is because Officer Gawlas was overcharging on comp/overtime??? What’s this about and where is the money going that I donated?

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