RUSH TOWNSHIP, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A local county is mourning the loss of a community leader.
Rush Township Police Chief Joseph Lipsett died Saturday at a hospital in Pottsville of natural causes. He was 65 years old. But his resume goes above and beyond.
“Anyone can tell you he was always on the go,” said Scott Lipsett, Joe’s younger brother.
Lippset grew up in Minersville, but his reach was really county-wide. He was a state trooper for 31 years, serving at both Frackville and Schuylkill Haven barracks.
He was then elected Schuylkill County coroner, then served as a detective in the district attorney’s office. He then became an investigator in domestic relations, and a part time police officer for Foster Township. Finally, in 2017 he was named chief of police for Rush Township.
“Chief Lipsett was always there as our chief, but also our friend,” said Patrolman Bradley Hess, Rush Township Police.
“He’s been a big help to every police officer in this county. We could always count on Joe, to give his advice, expertise, it’s going to be a big loss to the police profession in Schuylkill County and we’re going to miss him,” said Minersville Police Chief Michael Combs.
The chief was a family man, marrying his high school sweetheart and raising two boys here in Schuylkill County.
“He was my sounding board, my friend… My best friend…. and I take it he was that to a lot of people,” said Scott Lipsett, brother.
“There’s no question that Joe has truly left a legacy to this county,” said Commissioner George Halcovage.
“It’s going to be tough to fill his shoes,” said Hess.
At this time, Rush Township has no immediate plans for his replacement.
A viewing will be held tomorrow night from six to nine at Mahal-Ritzel funeral home in Minersville. The family is asking that memorial contributions be made to the Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadet Troop in Wyomissing.