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Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Misses Long-Time Volunteers
HARRISON TOWNSHIP -- Hard working, dedicated, and loyal, all things that describe two long-time volunteers with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
Larry Sprouse and Herbert Long volunteered with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in Harrison Township for more than 25 years.
Long passed away a few months ago, but the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says they've accomplished a lot over the years, and their service will be missed.
"They were like family members to us," said Sheriff Phil Plummer, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
"These guys were just like police officers," said Captain Jeremy Roy, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
To the Sheriff's Office, the two men were known as Herb and Larry.
"They were just good people trying to do the right thing," said Sheriff Plummer.
They started cruising the streets of Harrison Township as volunteers in 1989.
After retiring from their careers, they decided to be the Sheriff's Office extra eyes and ears.
"These guys are the ones that when we knew that we were getting B and E's or thefts from vehicles or we were getting bank robberies, these guys were the first ones to raise their hand and say hey, we'll go up there and sit for a couple of hours and see what we can get," said Captain Roy.
And from the get-go, they helped solve crimes and fight bad guys.
"429 I believe I got that suspect car," said Long to 911 dispatchers.
"Where at Herb?" said a Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputy.
This audio recording is from 1990 when the dynamic duo helped track down a bank robbery suspect.
"Okay I got 309-Xray Xray Paula. West bound on Wompler at Riverside," said Long.
"Stay with her Herb I'm not far from you," said the deputy.
"They did what we asked all citizens, take ownership of your communities," said Sheriff Plummer, "This is where you live, this is where you've purchased your house. Your major investment in your community is your home. So they just wanted a good community."
Sheriff's deputies knew the pair would be patrolling the streets no matter what.
"Their devotion, their loyalty, their time to Harrison Township and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office has not gone unnoticed and well documented, and we appreciate their service," said Captain Roy.
As Captain Roy looks back at all the crime they fought over their 25 years of volunteering, he knows it's something his community will be missing from here on out.
"These guys always made the time and truthfully for them to do that, it's a love that's deep down inside of them that not everybody has," said Captain Roy.
Herb passed away a few months ago, but Larry is 77-years-old.
We spoke to him before the story aired, and he's still passionate about fighting crime and mentioned when he feels up to it he still patrols the streets.
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