It’s not as though
John Schnadenberg and Dale Pflughaupt didn’t have enough on their plates.
Schnadenberg is the
Chesterton Street Commissioner and Pflughaupt an insurance agent. But
somehow, over most of their professional lives, they’ve found the time to
spend hundreds of unpaid hours every year in the service of the Chesterton
Interim Police Chief Nick Brown presented Sgt. Schnadenberg and Sgt.
Pflughaupt with plaques honoring them for that service, on the occasion of
their retirement from the Reserves.
Over the course of
27 years, Pflughaupt worked 10,980 hours in uniform. Over the course of 33
years, Schnadenberg worked 8,600 hours.
Put those numbers
in context. Pflughaupt worked on average 406 hours per year--once again,
unpaid hours--as a Reserve Officer. That’s around eight hours per week.
Schnadenberg, for his part, worked an average of 260 hours per year, or five
hours per week.
Or look at it this
way. Pflughaupt’s 10,980 hours are equivalent to working a full-time job for
nearly five and a half years. Schnadenberg’s 8,600 hours, to working a
full-time job for nearly four and a half years.
As Brown noted,
Pflughaupt and Schnadenberg are far and away the longest serving volunteers
in the history of the CPD Reserves, and their retirement will leave a pair
of holes in the program which may be very difficult to fill.
Member Mike Orlich
took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his profound gratitude to
both men, for “their countless efforts and all the hours for not much more
than a thank you.”
“I am honored to
know you and to have served with you and to call you friends,” Member Pete
Duda added. “I am forever indebted to you for your friendship and the
dedication you have displayed to the department.”
“I have a lot of
friends forever because of the Reserves,” Pflughaupt said.