Berks officials remember late Sinking Spring police chief

SINKING SPRING, Pa. - Police responded to an emergency medical call Monday morning at the home of Sinking Spring Police Chief Lee Schweyer.

It was a "complete shock," Spring Township Police Officer Matthew Keiser said.

They found Schweyer had passed away, at just 58-years-old. Some officials said he was in the prime of his law enforcement career. He had served the Sinking Spring community since 1988, and during that time, he investigated and helped solve some high profile cases.

"To see him pass at this time was tragic and quite shocking to many of us in the law enforcement community," Berks County District Attorney John Adams said.

Schweyer became chief in Sinking Spring in 2011. He also served in the Brecknock Township and Kutztown University police departments. Officials say Schweyer recently had a back operation, but at this point, they don't know if that had anything to do with his passing.

“At such a young age, I think he had more to contribute to law enforcement here in Berks County," Adams said.

"He was a good man, he had some humor to him,” Keiser said. “You'd be on a call and just walk away, … always have a chuckle when you're out with Lee."  

Schweyer leaves behind a legacy of not only protecting his community, but also caring for the people he served.

"He was very passionate about his job, passionate about the borough," Keiser said. "Just the dedication that he had to the job and the people of Sinking Spring Borough."

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