Today University City District Lt. Brian McBride sent an email to 48th Street Neighborhood Town Watch coordinator Patty Bulack (pictured) to let her know that she, Bruce Dorplan and Charles Hamilton will be acknowledged at Penn's Division of Public Safety Commendation Ceremony on Thursday for their role in the recent arrest of a robbery suspect.
Here's how it all went down: Bulack received a text from the Philly PD's Officer Vallette telling her that there was a warrant out for the arrest of a guy Bulack and co. had seen around the neighborhood. He was allegedly involved in a knifepoint robbery at 42nd and Locust a few days earlier, when he held up a young man and took his cell phone.
So now, Bulack and co. are walking and they see the errant thief at 49th Street between Windsor and Springfield. They call 911. The Philly PD shows up as do the Penn Police, and it turns out the suspect has the aforementioned stolen phone on his person—not a fun fact for whoever his defense attorney will be.
Bulack and co. went to the Penn Police station for interviews afterward, at which point Hamilton gets word that his wife has just gone into labor! The police drive him to the hospital, where a baby comes into a world that's just been made safer by Dad.
WHAT: Commendation Ceremony
WHEN: Thursday, April 19, 5pm
WHERE: Perelman School of Medicine, Bio-Medical Research Bldg., 421 Curie Blvd.
RSVP: Call 215.898.4483 or email