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Wilmington Police Department
Monday February 15th, 2016 :: 12:10 p.m. EST


The Wilmington Police Department Regrets to Announce the Passsing of Retired Chief Harry Manelski ( Chief 1976-1981)

Retired Chief Harry Manelski
Rest in Peace
February 12, 2016
"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you? 
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17 at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Clayton and Cedar Streets, Wilmington, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Harry's memory to Special Olympics of Delaware, 619 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE 19716


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