January 25th, 2006 07:26 EST
Sebastian's Dynamic Duo
Forget Batman and Robin, Sebastian has a dynamic duo of its own, Frank Gorchess, 72 and Jim Stanberry, 80. Instead of spending there golden years playing golf and fishing, this duo spends their time volunteering as police officers for the City of Sebastian.
Gorchess, a former volunteer firefighter from New Jersey and Stanberry a former volunteer police officer from New York take there jobs of helping people in the community very serious.
This dynamic duo is ready, and more than willing to help 24 hours a day. When asked what they liked most about being volunteer police officers, they said that helping others by far is the most special part or their job.
I also enjoy working with a partner, it makes the job all the more worth while, and my partner, Frank is dedicated, honest and good hearted, " said Stanberry.
Their duties include house watching and patrolling the area when residents are on vacation, as well as other support functions. When watching resident`s houses, we get out the car and check all windows and doors. If we notice anything unusual we will call for back up ", said Gorchess.
Gorchess, a former Marine veteran moved to Sebastian 10 years ago with his wife, Edna, 69. He has been volunteering for the police department ever since. He says that he tries to do everything he can to make the police officers jobs easier. I am always willing to help anywhere I am needed ", said Gorchess.
Stanberry a former Navy veteran is one of Sebastian`s first volunteer police officers. He has been dedicated to helping the citizens of Sebastian for 11 years. He and his wife Josephine, 77 have been married for 60 years and have called Sebastian home for the past 11 years. In addition to volunteering for the police department he also volunteers as a crossing guard for the Pelican Island Elementary School.
They said they are treated very well by the Police Chief as well as all of the officers. Chief Davis is one of the nicest men I have ever met. It is rewarding working with someone that is honest and always has an open door policy ", said Gorchess.
These officers put their lives on the line every day and I think they should make more money. They are underpaid and overworked. " said Gorchess.
Boson mate, ship sunk on February 22, 1943. Treading water for 5 Â½ hours before being rescued. My wife says it takes up too much time. She doesn`t get to see me enough standard response time for a 911 call in Sebastian is 3 minutes.
Strangest things that ever happened to me was I was patrolling the area and saw a males acting very nervously. Prevented a bank robbery.
Scariest thing that happened was when I was doing a house watch the owner had returned early and did not notify us to cancel and when I got to the house to check all the doors, one was opened.
My advice to other police officers and volunteers is to try to help others as much as you can. Do your job well and do what is expected of you.