New Philly officer continues family tradition

PHILADELPHIA - October 8, 2010

"I never thought of doing anything different in life, ever since I was little," Schuck said.

Schuck graduated along with 136 other recruits at the Baptist Temple in North Philadelphia on Friday. He is a fifth-generation police officer in his family.

His father used to wear the badge he now wears. Schuck's grandfather is also a retired cop.

His older brother is an officer with Middletown Township in Bucks County.

Schuck's late great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were also law enforcement officers.

"These are good guys, good kids, grandfather raised them good, I raised them good. I guess their mother raised them even better," Joseph Schuck said.

During the ceremony the department honored the family of Sgt. Timothy Simpson, who was killed in the line of duty nearly two years ago.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, who just days ago announced the arrest of two officers in an undercover corruption sting, offered Class 357 this advice:

"Someone told me a long time ago, that badge given to you is worn on your chest. It is meant to cover your heart, not your butt. Don't use it inappropriately," Ramsey said.

This may be the last police academy class to graduate Philadelphia police officers for a while. City budget cuts have forced the academy to cease recruitment temporarily.

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