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Chief Shultz
Nanticoke chief remembered as a humble cop’s cop

William Shultz was a cop’s cop.
Speaker after speaker made that point on Friday at a memorial service for Shultz, the Nanticoke police chief who died on Aug. 17 at 61 after a battle with cancer.
“I consider myself fortunate to have been a part of his career,” said Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, the first of seven speakers to share memories of Shultz with his family, friends and law enforcement colleagues in the auditorium of Nanticoke High School.
Shultz made it “his personal mission” to protect and serve the residents of Nanticoke, Salavantis said.
Shultz found that mission early. He became a police officer in Plymouth Township at 18, the youngest age possible, and when he took the reins of that department Shultz was one of the youngest police chiefs in Pennsylvania at 25. He served as Plymouth Township’s chief for more than 10 years, then left to join the Nanticoke police force in 1990.
It seemed strange to some that Shultz gave up a chief’s position to become a patrolman with a new department, said Tony George, former Wilkes-Barre police chief and the city’s current mayor.
“He said “I need to do more,’” George said.
Shultz gave young cops one piece of priceless advice, according to George. While it is important for police officers to study and train hard, situations will arise on the streets where “you will have to play it by ear” — and officers need to be ready for that, George said.
George described Shultz as one of the rare people he considers to be “irreplaceable.”
State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, grew up in Plymouth Township. He recalled Shultz as a local legend during his boyhood in the ’70s and ’80s.
Shultz was ahead of the curve when it came to the concept of “community policing,” according to Mullery.
“We played in the street,” Mullery said. “He would stop and talk to us. He knew our names, our parents, what sports we played. … He knew us, he cared about us, we knew him.”
Others spoke of Shultz’s humility and reluctance to take credit for his many achievements.
He was all about the work, said Chester Zaremba, a former Nanticoke police chief and state trooper.
Shultz “immersed himself in the job as no one else could,” said Zaremba, who was Shultz’s boss as Shultz worked his way up the ranks in the Nanticoke police force to detective sergeant and later captain.
Shultz worked so hard, in fact, that Zaremba began to worry he might burn out.
Then, Zaremba said, he talked to another veteran officer who knew Shultz well.
“He told me to imagine someone who has a hobby he enjoys to the maximum,” Zaremba said.
Shultz could be tough when needed but he had a passion for helping those in need, said Michael McGuire of the state Attorney General’s Office.
“We always said Bill is the guy you want to show up if one of your family members needed help,” McGuire said.
For Shultz, family — his wife Anne Marie, his son William Jr. and his grandchildren — was the only thing even more important than his passion for police work, McGuire said.
Fellow officers would ask Shultz to go out for food and beer after a long day, McGuire recalled.
According to McGuire, Shultz would decline politely and reply:
“I’m going home to see the most beautiful girl in the world.”

August 23, 2016


It is with deep regret that the members of the Nanticoke City Police Department announce the unexpected passing of our K-9 partner Vice. He will be truely missed by all.
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The name Nanticoke was derived from Nantego, the Native American tidewater people who moved here when their Maryland lands were spoiled for hunting by the colonial settlement in 1608. Nanticoke was incorporated as a village in 1830; Nanticoke was chartered by the Pennsylvania Legislature as a borough on January 31, 1874.

The City of Nanticoke is situated between the Susquehanna River on the north and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the south. It occupies 3.4 square miles of land (2,179 acres) and is located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. In the late 19th Century.

In the early 18th century white settlers were attracted to the site of a village of the Nanticoke Indians and set up a gristmill, iron forge, and sawmill at the Susquehanna Rapids. The Nanticoke migrated to New York state in 1793. In 1825 the first anthracite coal mine was opened in the locality and by 1878 Nanticoke was a major coal-mining centre. Coal mining declined with the widespread use of fuel oil, natural gas, and electricity; the population decreased and all the mines were closed by 1973. Nanticoke is now basically residential with some light manufacturing development. Luzerne County Community College is located there.

Samuel H. Kress opened his first store, which grew into the national S. H. Kress & Co. chain, in Nanticoke.

The Concrete City, built by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad's coal division in 1911 to house its workers, is located near the Hanover section of Nanticoke. Abandoned since 1924, it was designated an historic site in 1998, and its remains still stand as a tourist attraction.
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