NEWTON, NJ—In front of a large crowd, the Town Council of Newton honored retired Newton police officer Frank E. Philhower, Jr. at the council meeting on Monday.  He was thanked for his dedication and service to the town.

In giving Philhower his retirement badge, Chief Michael Richards of the Newton Police Department said a few words.  Philhower was also given an award from the department in recognition of his 22 years of service to the community.

“Philhower was offered a job at Hardyston Police Department, but he passed it up because he wanted to work in his home town, in Newton,” Richards said.  “It was that type of mentality that has set Philhower apart…Frank was recognized by both the police force and the 200 Club for his courage, and it is his courage that has led him to be the first out of the six officers who were hired along with him on the Newton Police force to retire. We wish him the best in his retirement, he certainly is well deserving of it.”

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The proclamation read:

“Whereas, Frank E Philhower, Jr. was raised in the Town of Newton, and always aspired to be a police officer

Whereas his career in law enforcement included working as a Corrections Officer for Sussex County and as a Sheriff’s Officer in Warren County; and

Whereas in 1994, Frank was given the opportunity to become a police officer in the Town of Newton.

Whereas during his career in Newton, Frank constantly sought to improve and expand his career by serving in many different roles, including Lea Firearms/Use of Force Instructor, Detective School Resource Officer, D.A.R.E. Officer, Crime Prevention Officer and Field Training Officer. This dedication was recognized by his promotion to Sergeant on May 23, 2005, and

Whereas, Frank received numerous letters of commendation over the years due to his professionalism and caring approach to handling calls for service, and 

Whereas in 2015 Frank received the Police Department’s Medal of Honor and in 2016 was presented with the Valor Award by the Sussex County 200 Club for his actions during arrests of armed adversaries where he faced imminent risk to his own life;

Now, therefore, we the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Newton hereby proclaim our appreciation and gratitude to Frank E. Philhower, Jr. for his 22 years of dedicated service with the Newton Police Department, building one of the finest reputations of service, integrity and public trust. His service and dedication has positively impacted many lives throughout his career. We offer our best wishes for a long, healthy, and happy retirement.”

Philhower thanked Richards, the council and everyone in attendance.  The council chambers were packed, with nearly all of the officers in the Newton Police Department, their families and Philhower’s family.