The memory of a Mechanicsburg Police officer was honored by Mechanicsburg Borough Council on Tuesday night.

Borough officials presented an honorary certificate to the family of retired Officer William G. “Bill” Demmy III, who died on June 20. Last month, council members passed a resolution recognizing Demmy’s 22 years of service to Mechanicsburg Police.

“We record our deepest sense of loss for Bill Demmy,” council president Rodney Whitcomb read from the document.

Demmy served as a community liaison conducting the Officer Friendly program and as a DARE officer for many years, according to the borough’s website.

Also on Tuesday, Mechanicsburg Police Chief Mindy Myers presented several members of Demmy’s family with two stuffed bears made from Demmy’s retired uniform shirts and patches. Myers said the bears were made by a 14-year-old daughter of a police officer in Florida.

Family members shed tears during the presentations and thanked borough officials while departing the meeting.

Willis honored

Borough council members also passed a resolution in honor of Linda Willis, who was selected as the Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership’s Person of the Year. Willis, a 1967 graduate of Mechanicsburg Area High School, is an insurance professional with Gunn-Mowery and a member of the borough’s Commercial Rehabilitation Loan Program.

Willis will be honored at the Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership’s annual tribute dinner on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Mechanicsburg Club, 333 Heinz Drive. Proceeds benefit the partnership. Tickets are available from partnership board members.

Other action

Also on Tuesday, Rebecca Yearick, downtown program services manager/communications manager for Cumberland County Housing and Development Authority, announced that provisions are underway to demolish the building at 203 E. Main St. that was destroyed by fire in July 2015.

The county authority is in the process of finalizing a contract with American Abatement Group of New Bloomfield to demolish the property next to the historic 1801 Frankenberger Tavern. Plans are underway for community Frankenberger Gardens once the 203 E. Main St. site is vacated.

Borough Council also approved a special event permit application on Tuesday from the First United Methodist Church for a Sleepout for the Homeless event on Nov. 17 and 18.

Council members approved another special event permit application for the 2017 Wrench Drop on Dec. 31, 2017, into Jan. 1, 2018. Members also authorized the posting of a banner across East Main Street advertising the event.

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