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“Big Shoes to Fill”

3 local areas mourn loss of police chief to virus

Sentinel photo by JEFF FISHBEIN
Ladder trucks from Kreamer, right, and Selinsgrove raise a memorial arch over the square in Middleburg Wednesday to honor Tony Jordan, the police chief in several Snyder County communities including McClure and Beavertown. Jordan died Wednesday of COVID-19.

MCCLURE — Along U.S. 522, emergency crews and others lined the road in McClure, Beavertown and Middleburg Wednesday evening.

They were there to honor one of their own.

Tony Jordan, longtime chief of police in Middleburg, died Wednesday at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, where he had been a patient in treatment for COVID-19.

In addition to Middleburg, where Jordan served for over three decades, he was the chief of police in McClure and Beavertown boroughs, which contracted with Jordanís force for service. The communities he served turned out in solidarity as he was transported back to the Snyder County seat.

Former McClure mayor and current Snyder County Commisioner Adam Ewig spoke highly of Jordan, with whom he had worked in his mayoral capacity.

ìSynder County has lost a remarkable public servant … I was fortunate to have worked with him,î Ewig said. ìHe truly was a larger than life figure and will live on to anyone who has crossed paths with him. I offer my condolences and open prayers to his family and thank them for sharing him with us.î

McClure Borough Council President Andrew Benner, who found out Tuesday night that Jordan was on a ventilator, spoke highly of the chief.

ìThereís going to be big shoes to fill. Heís been with the borough a long time,” Benner said. “You could always count on him … itís a large loss to the region — there will be a hole in the community for quite some time.î

Benner later issued a statement on behalf of the borough.

ìThe McClure Borough would like to extended our deepest condolences to the Middleburg Police Department, Middleburg Borough as well as the family and friends of Chief Tony Jordan. He was a selfless servant serving the community for many years; always willing to sit down and talk about problems in the community and how they could be fixed. He will be missed,î the statement said.

Arrangements have yet to be announced.

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