Crime Alert Berks County is launching its 19th year by honoring the police officers it helps every day.
The crime stoppers group celebrated the 18th anniversary of its founding Monday by holding a celebration on WEEU radio's Feedback program at the A to Z Vacuum and Fan showroom on North Park Road in Wyomissing.
Barry Rohrbach, Crime Alert's retiring president and founder, welcomed a number of guests, including Reading's new police chief, Andres Dominguez; Karen Marsdale, the president and CEO of the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Pennsylvania Sen. Judy Schwank, a Berks County Democrat.
Eric White, a Redner's Warehouse Markets representative and a Crime Alert vice president, was also on hand to present the nonprofit organization with a $28,072 check from the grocery store chain.
The theme of this year's anniversary program was "Honor Our Cops," and Feedback listeners were invited to call in to the program and talk about what police officers in Berks County mean to them.
Rohrbach, who has served as Crime Alert's president since he founded the group on August 1, 1998, will be stepping down in December. A search continues for his replacement.