He started his law enforcement career as a fresh-faced conservation officer for the Montgomery County Fish and Boat Commission.
Back in those days, Ray Fluck knew he liked working with people and having the outdoors for his office. So about six years later, it was a perfect fit when he was accepted into the Marlborough Township Police Department as a patrolman.
While he worked in both roles for four more years, Fluck then dedicated himself completely to Marlborough Police, which serves both the township and the borough of Green Lane, in 1983.
His approach to the job and serving approximately 3,800 residents was always the same: respond, assess the situation and do what was needed, be it help in a medical emergency until EMTs arrived, diffuse a domestic dispute or make an arrest on charges ranging from driving under the influence to aggravated assault.
Fluck’s cool head and amiable disposition has made him successful and well-respected over the years, leading to a position as officer-in-charge in 1995 and chief of police in 1996.
“There is a lot to say about Ray,” said Marlborough Officer-In-Charge Darren Morgan. “He cared about the community and his employees; he always brought out the best in us. He valued our skills and always appreciated us and everything we did. He is an all-around good guy.”
Fluck recently announced his retirement and will serve as chief until Christmas Day, his last day in uniform. He will officially retire Dec. 31, 2012.
“I really loved my job,” Fluck said of his close to three decades keeping Marlborough and Green Lane safe. “Dealing with people was my favorite. It was always different. Some days were routine, some weren’t. You never knew what the call was going to be.”
While Fluck said his role as chief had its challenges, like keeping the money flowing to the department so it can serve its people, as well as keeping up with greater training requirements each year, the Marlborough resident said he wouldn’t have changed a thing.
“When you work in a township like this people find out where you live,” he explained. They show up when you’re off duty, at all times, day and night. I’ve had car fires, domestics, you name it. It’s just really nice having an understanding family.”
Fluck acknowledged credit goes to his wife, Sharon, who also dealt routinely with phone calls at 2 and 3 a.m. and abrupt departures for unscheduled work in the middle of just about anything.
“I am one of the luckiest men in the world to have worked with the people I’ve worked with,” Fluck said of his fellow officers in uniform. “From Lower Salford to Upper Perk Police, it’s been great.”
Fluck, who also served his community for more than a decade by working his way up to chief of the Green Lane Fire Company, will be sorely missed, said his collegues.
“I’m very sad to see him leave, I also consider him a friend and a mentor. He’s a very down to earth person and a good person, I wish I could have worked for him when I started my career,” said Officer Ted Baird of Marlborough Police.
“I’m elated with Ray for achieving this milestone,” said Paul Williams, who served as Marlborough township manager from 2006 until 2012. “I wish him all the best for his retirement. Ray is professional and that’s the way he directed his department and conducted himself. I admired the time I spent with him.”
Fluck had nothing but good things to say about the department’s new chief, Morgan, who was appointed to fill his position Dec. 17, the same day township officials recognized Fluck’s service.
“He already knows the entire township, not just the roads, but the people,” Fluck said of Morgan, who is constantly bettering himself by taking law enforcement courses on a variety of important topics. “He takes a very big interest in his job, which not everybody does. He’ll do great.”
Green Lane Fire Company Assistant Chief John Balmer said there simply is no comparison for a man who gave so much for the people he served.
“Ray Fluck has always been the best; he’s an outstanding person. He’s very community-oriented. He was a definite leader, an exemplary member of the fire company. He was very knowledgeable. He does what he’s supposed to do and doesn’t pat himself on the back.”