North Irwin's loss
North Irwin will be a little sadder. Years and years of dedication are the legacy of Bernie Reynolds (“North Irwin councilman dies after collapsing at borough garage,” May 10 and TribLIVE.com).
There is not one of us who could not come up with a positive story about Bernie's concern and kindness. Sure, some may remember incidents that involved a reprimand from “Bernie the Cop,” but be honest — were you at fault?
Our neighborhood had the comfort of knowing someone watched over us. If Bernie saw someone in need, he either helped out personally or made sure that person got the help he or she needed. He was fierce in his beliefs and took pride in his own upbringing in a wonderful relationship with his father and family.
In all the years I have lived here, I've only known of one time we could not make it up the hill because of bad weather, but travel was terrible everywhere. North Irwin always looked its best when he was involved. I never saw him standing, watching a crew work; he was among them, doing the work. I marveled at his perfection in taking care of borough equipment and buildings. My heart is sad.
Lisa Zentner Koelsch
The writer grew up in North Irwin.
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