COAL TOWNSHIP — Patrolman Chad Yoder, who retired Tuesday after 20 years of service with Coal Township Police Department, treated his last day of work like all the others — doing his job to the best of his ability.
“I’ve always treated people the same no matter what their status was in the community,” Yoder said during an interview Tuesday morning in the Coal Township Municipal Building meeting room. “I served the community to the best of my ability and always tried to be fair and respectful with the people I dealt with, whether they were regular citizens, defendants or victims.”
The 45-year-old officer is a native of Mifflinburg. He graduated in 1991 from Mifflinburg High School and served in the United States Air Force from 1993 to 1997, including 101 days in Saudi Arabia.
During his military service, Yoder spent four and a half years in law enforcement.
In 1997, he graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College Police Academy and was hired as a Coal Township patrolman in March 1998.
He served under former police chief Richard Higgins and current chief William Carpenter and described the officers he has worked with through the years as “fantastic guys who were very dedicated to their profession.”
Yoder, who said he had a great deal of respect for Higgins and Carpenter, said he enjoyed serving and protecting the citizens of Coal Township for 20 years.
“I am grateful for my long career in law enforcement, but I’ve been doing this long enough,” he said. “It’s time to do something else. I plan to explore a few options, but they aren’t related to police work.”
Yoder and his wife, Tess, reside in Coal Township with their two daughters, Kirsten, 23, and Chloe, 16.