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Green Tree police to have use of a bicycle

Green Tree police will add a bicycle to their fleet.

A $2,000 donation from the Pennsylvania Moose Association will pay for a bicycle, helmet and gloves.

Police Chief Colin Cleary said the bicycle should arrive in mid-May and be put into service before the end of the month.

The borough will not hire an officer specifically to ride the bike.

“It will not replace motorized patrols,” Cleary said.

The donation also will pay for $700 worth of trauma kits.

Cleary said the kits are small and fit inside a police officer's protective vest.

The kits include a tourniquet and cloths to stop bleeding in life-threatening situations.

“Technology has improved with these devices,” Cleary said.

The Pennsylvania Moose Association regularly holds its conventions in Green Tree, said Mayor Ed Schenck.

As a thank-you for welcoming its members, the organization made a donation to the borough's police department.

The association also recently donated Tommy Moose stuffed animals that police officers can give to children who are at the scene of an accident or domestic situation.

New officer

Green Tree Council approved hiring police officer Ryan Bacci, 24, of Elizabeth.

Bacci worked part-time in Lincoln and Versailles boroughs. He attended the Westmoreland County Community College municipal police academy and the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a minor in sociology.

Green Tree's community-oriented police department was the main reason for applying, he said.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or [email protected].


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