Lieutenant Christopher Flanagan knows the streets of Radnor Township well. For 14 years he worked patrol for the Radnor Township Police Department.
Days and nights, weekends and holidays, from fender benders to emergencies, he “loved every minute of it.”
“I like being on the road,” said Flanagan, who on Monday, June 18 was promoted to lieutenant.
Although now much of his work time is spent in an office, he said he is happy where he is now, overseeing the Investigation and Traffic Safety divisions.
Flanagan was hired in 1998; in 2005 he was made sergeant.
The June 18 promotion made Flanagan and Radnor’s two lieutenants. Flanagan has known Block since they were both teenagers. Both are volunteer fire fighters with the Gladwyne Fire Company.
Before becoming a police officer, Flanagan was a professional Emergency Medical Technician; he also spent seven years as a career firefighter.
Moving from New Jersey as a young boy, Flanagan’s family settled in Merion. He now lives in Ardmore with his wife and two children.
He currently serves as Chief of Operations for the Narberth Ambulance Company, and has been involved with the ambulance company for 27 years.
The most rewarding thing about his job is being able to be the first on a scene and facilitate help for whatever the emergency is, Flanagan told Radnor Patch. He also said that helping the older residents of the township is something he find satisfying, especially when he can help someone who is in need.
“By spending time and paying attention, you can realize that someone needs help and pull together the right resources to help them,” he said.
“I have a strong belief that we need to treat people how we would like to be treated — with respect.”
Flanagan said police work can mean a lot of paperwork, but it also means that no two days are the same — and that’s good.
“We definitely ask a lot from our people,” he said. “We expect a lot and we get a lot.”
“People who work here are under a lot of pressure to meet all the demands of the community. But this community is so worthwhile,’ Flanagan said.
“Come down and see what we’re about. Take a tour. Meet the chief. We’re always willing to share what we do.”