Alex Mann, a 23-year-old from Chester County, PA with autism, has made it his goal to visit as many police departments as possible to raise awareness about autism and show support for law enforcement officers. On August 8, 2023, we were honored to be the 400th police agency that Alex visited over the past four years in five different states.
The day began with Alex meeting Lakewood Township Police Department’s Chief of Police, Gregory H. Meyer, and the Community Relations Unit, along with other important members, for coffee and pastries.
Afterward, Alex enjoyed an exclusive tour of the police department. The Community Relations Unit then took Alex and other key members of the department on a patrol ride-along in the BearCat throughout the town of Lakewood Township, stopping by various landmarks. They also visited the Fire Department Local 80 to meet with Chief Jon Yahr for a tour and The Sheldon Wolpin Lakewood Historical Museum Police Memorial Wall for some photos.
The event concluded with a light fare, a specialty cake, and a plaque presentation. Alex received police patches, challenge coins, police blouse, and Lakewood Township logo memorabilia as a token of appreciation for his achievements.
On behalf of the men and women of the Lakewood Police Department, we were honored by your visit and for your dedication to honoring those that serve in the Law Enforcement profession. We hope you enjoy your day as well as your visit here which also marks your 400th department visit which is quite a milestone. Thank you Alex for letting us help support your journey while making some great memories! – Chief Gregory H. Meyer.
*In appreciation of the billboards display @Scoop Outdoor; donated pastries, wraps, and iced coffee from HOT BAGELS (232 2ND St.); Delicious Cake, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish-Lakewood; Jimmy Esposito, The Sheldon Wolpin Lakewood Historical Museum Police Memorial Wall.