House of Representatives honors retired Northern Regional Police chief - PineCreek Journal

House of Representatives honors retired Northern Regional Police chief

Thursday, December 26, 2019 | 12:01 AM

Longtime Northern Regional Police Department chief Bob Amann retired at the end of November, but the honors continue for the man who dedicated 44 years of his life to serving the communities of the North Hills.

At the police board’s annual holiday party, Amann received a citation from the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania in recognition of his years on the force. The department also retired his badge, No. 2251.

“We actually made a resolution that his badge number has now and forever been retired from the Northern Regional Police Department,” said Chief John Sicilia, who succeeded Amann after serving as captain. “We’ve never retired a badge number before.”

The party was also attended by state Rep. Mike Turzai, the Republican from the 28th Legislative District and speaker of the House. Turzai read the citation and presented Amann with a plaque.

The citation reads, in part, “Chief Amann faithfully displayed great loyalty, commitment and professionalism in the performance of his duties as a member of the Northern Regional Police Department since his enlistment. He served with consummate skill, upheld the laws of this Commonwealth and served as a role model for all those who aspire to a career in law enforcement.”

The House of Representatives, it continued, “pays a respectful tribute to T. Robert Amann upon his richly deserved retirement; notes with pride and gratitude his record of service, which far exceeds those standards normally ascribed as exemplary” and offered best wishes for his future success and happiness.”

Both honors were a surprise to Amann, Sicilia said.

“I think he was humbled by it,” Sicilia said. “He was extremely appreciative. Chief Amann is not one to show a lot of emotion, but I think he was even caught off-guard by the appreciation shown to him.”

Amann took time to thank his wife for her support over the years, Sicilia added, noting that the job can be hard on family members.

Amann was hired in November 1976 to what was then the Tri-Area Police Department covering Pine and Marshall townships and Bradford Woods Borough not long after graduating from Mercyhurst College with a degree in criminology. He was named the department’s third chief of police in December 1997.