YMCA to Honor Retired Sewickley Police Chief with Dedication

The YMCA's Community Activity Center will be named for retired Sewickley Police Chief Walter Brannon.

Walter Brannon, 88, served as Sewickley's first black police chief for 15 years. He recently retired as a member of the Sewickley Valley YMCA's board of directors. 

Today, the YMCA will recognize Brannon with the dedication of its community activity center that will be named in his honor. 

The ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. at the center. Speakers include state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Ambridge, and Borough Manager Kevin Flannery, both of whom will proclaim Tuesday as as "Walt Brannon Day."

Brannon of Sewickley, a World War II veteran, served as the borough's police chief from 1976 to 1992. 

Sewickley Police Chief James Ersher said Brannon's legacy in the community is extensive, from his more than 40 years of service with the police department to the numerous boards and committees he's served on.

"I think it's great he's being recognized," Ersher said. "Walter J is really a class act."

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Marcia Williams November 13, 2012 at 07:55 PM
What an honor. Mr. and Mrs. Brannon used to watch over me until my mom got home from work and it was a pleasure to be a part of a beautiful family that I will never forget. Congratulations Mr. Brannon. It is an honor to know you. Sincerely, Marcia Jo Coleman-Williams


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