To the editor:
We have seen some powerful politicians take a fall this year. Statewide it is Andrew Cuomo and locally Chief Peter Volkman who attended the State of the Union with Congressman Delgado last year.
I am especially saddened by what happened to Chief Volkman.
As a young resident of Chatham, I admired his work. Chatham Cares 4 You helped people afflicted with addiction get help. So did Volkman’s work of helping members of law enforcement get help for their drug and alcohol problems.
My concern is: who is going to take over the projects?
These projects made our community a better place and they need to be continued. We cannot throw the baby out with the bath water. Anyone who works in the restaurant and bar business can tell you that alcoholism impacts members of law enforcement.
It would be great if the state troopers or one of the candidates for Sheriff could adopt his missions. Our community benefitted from both of Volkman’s programs. I admired the man and his work. It made my community safer.
Getting drunk drivers off of the streets of Chatham saved lives. I certainly hope that someone steps up and continues this important work.
Finally, I will always respect Chief Volkman for introducing these programs to Columbia County. We need to remember his work and the message.